Due to its widespread availability and flexible functionality, Microsoft Access 2010 is still a popular database software in use today. Access 2010 introduced a version of the ACCDB file format that supported SharePoint, which allowed support for the Mac through a browser for the first time. New in Access 2010 was the Backstage view through which you can access all the commands for an entire database. The ribbon and navigation pane, which was introduced in Access 2007, is in Access 2010.
Benefits of Access 2010
- Enhanced security
- Improved spell checker
- SharePoint support
- New user interface
- Improved data presentation
How to Install Access 2010
The Access installation process is straightforward.
- Verify that your system meets the basic requirements for Access. You'll need at least a 500 MHz or faster processor with 256MB of RAM. You'll also need at least 3GB of free hard disk space.
- Ensure that your operating system is up to date. You'll need Windows XP SP3 or later to run Access 2010. It's a good idea to apply all security updates and hotfixes to your system before installing Access.
- Insert the Office CD into your CD-ROM drive. The installation process begins automatically and asks you to wait while the system prepares the Installation Wizard.
- The next step of the process prompts you to enter your product key and accept the terms of the license agreement.
- If you'd like to install the entire Office suite or you're using an Access-only CD, you can choose Install Now on the next screen. If you want to customize your installation, click Customize instead.
- When the installation completes, you may be prompted to restart your computer. Go ahead and do so.
After you install Access 2010, visit the Microsoft website for video tutorials on the software.