Use Microsoft Access to manage your work/life balance
Fri 29th May 2009
The software is perfectly designed to enable easy set up of documents that give you an accurate overview of the workings of your company, while also providing templates that can make sure your household is as equally well-run.
Once you have MS Access installed on your computer you can immediately begin creating files and databases that hold vast amounts of information in varied ways. The software offers you a range of templates in different categories including Business, Personal and Education.
Under the Business category you are free to create databases that collate and compare information on projects, which can be quickly communicated to other colleagues. Many entrepreneurs use the included templates to keep track of expenses, billing information and customer services issues, for example. To save time, the programme allows you to bring in data currently stored in other desktop applications, such as MS Excel.
In addition to facts and figures, MS Access gives you the opportunity to import a range of different information into its documents including photographs and entire spreadsheets. When bringing statistics together for analysis the software provides a variety of tools so you can see how all parts of your company are functioning and where areas need to be strengthened.
Once you begin entering information into documents the programme is designed to recognise the kind of data you are inputting, such as numbers or currency, which can make the entire process of creating reports quicker more streamlined. Working offline is another option that could benefit those who have recently installed the programme. With the SharePoint applications you can make changes to documents and these are automatically uploaded when you connect to the internet.
SharePoint can be used in combination with MS Access to boost your colleague's awareness of projects you are currently running. The server enables you to upload relevant information to the programme so employees can immediately see the progress of any campaigns. As well as observing the status of current work, your workmates can also make changes and adjustments to reports if necessary.
To further keep track of projects, you can easily request email notifications each time a document in updated. If you need to protect data from being accessed you can install privacy controls via the Office Trust Centre, which heightens the security of your documents.
Training courses can help your master the intricacies of the programmes in order for your business to benefit from the many options offered by MS Access. In addition, busy businessmen and women may also like to take advantage of the aspects of the software that can help you run your home life and studies.
As well as templates that can enhance the running of your company, MS Access offers a range of in-built options that can help you limit the time spent calculating your household spending so you have more time to relax.
For instance, you can compile documents that detail the costs of your car care or you can input details of your belongings, which may prove useful if you need to make a house insurance claim.
For work and home MS Access 2007 can be of benefit and learning the ropes in order to apply its many advantages is recommended.
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