When you open a database or create a new one, the names of your database objects appear in the Navigation Pane. The database objects include your tables, forms, reports, pages, macros, and modules. The Navigation Pane replaces the Database window used by earlier versions of Access —— if you used the Database window to perform a task in a previous version, you now perform that task by using the Navigation Pane in Office Access 2007. For example, if you want to add a row to a table in Datasheet view, you open that table from the Navigation Pane.
To open a database object or apply a command to a database object, right-click the object and select a menu item from the context menu. The commands on the context menu vary according to the object type.
Open a database object, such as a table, form, or report
- In the Navigation Pane, double-click the object.
In the Navigation Pane, select the object, and then press ENTER.
- In the Navigation Pane, right-click an object.
- In the context menu, click a menu item.
Note that you can set an option to open objects with a single click in the Navigation Options dialog box.
The Navigation Pane divides your database objects into categories, and these categories contain groups. Some categories are predefined for you, and you can also create your own custom groups.
By default, the Navigation Pane appears when you open a database in Office Access 2007, including databases created in earlier versions of Access. You can prevent the Navigation Pane from appearing by default by setting a program option. The following set of steps explain how to take each action.
To show or hide the Navigation Pane
- Click the button in the upper-right corner of the Navigation Pane (), or press F11.
Prevent the Navigation Pane from appearing by default
- Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Access Options.
The Access Options dialog box appears.
- In the left pane, click Current Database.
- Under Navigation, clear the Display Navigation Pane check box, and then click OK.
For more information about the Navigation Pane, see the article Guide to the Navigation Pane.
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