If a sort operation has been placed on a column, Access 2007
will alert you to this using a sorting icon ()
beside the columns to which a sort condition has been applied. You can work
with the sorting technique applied to any column by clicking this icon and
selecting the appropriate action:
You can choose to hide columns too. Simply select the column
right-click the column, and select the Hide Columns option:
Hidden columns arent removed from your table but rather
simply hidden. To get them back, just right-click anywhere in the data grid and
select Unhide Columns:
Another feature I like when working with large data sets is
the ability to quickly search the data set for specific values using the search
bar located at the bottom of an Access 2007 data grid. In the following figure,
you can see that I entered an employees name in the search field, and
Access 2007 quickly located the first occurrence of that entry in the data
You can use the row navigator to move focus from row to row
using the controls located at the bottom of the data grid (),
or just manually enter a row number in the Record field ()
and Access 2007 will jump to that record in your data set.
Copy and paste operations make it easy to move data around:
Ill show you in a subsequent article in this series how
useful this feature can be when administering a DB2 data server.
Access 2007 has a nifty feature called quick filters, whereby you can
select a tuple from the data grid, right-click, and select a filtering option. For
example, in the following figure you can see that I applied a quick filter such
that only those employees who belong to department 20 are shown in the data
If a data set is filtered, Access 2007 uses a filtering icon
in the column to alert you to the fact that a filter has been placed on the
columns data distribution. You can alter the filter, turn it off, change its
semantics, and more by clicking the filter and selecting the appropriate
Wrapping it Up...
In this article, I showed you how to work with data sets in
Access 2007 that contain DB2 data. As you saw, you get all the productivity
that you are used to with Access 2007 and all the data management benefits from
DB2 that your IT department wants. I also demonstrated in this article some of the
various data manipulation language (DML) operations you can perform on your DB2
data from Access 2007, how authorization controls (among other things) that you
apply to your tables in DB2 are dynamically extended to the linked tables
created in Access 2007, and more.
In the next part of this series, Im going to show you some
of the things you can do now that you have your DB2 data in Access 2007, such
as create DB2-based reports, forms, and more.
See All Articles by Columnist Paul C. Zikopoulos
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