Software & Apps MS Office Create a Microsoft Access 2007 Database Using a Template Start a new database using Access 2007 or later By Mike Chapple Writer Former Lifewire writer Mike Chapple is an IT professional with more than 10 years' experience cybersecurity and extensive knowledge of SQL and database management. our editorial process Twitter Mike Chapple Updated November 10, 2019 svilen001 / Stock.xchng MS Office Word Excel Powerpoint Outlook Tweet Share Email Microsoft provides quite a few prebuilt database templates to assist you in jumpstarting your database development process. There are templates for personal and professional use available. In this tutorial, we'll walk through the process of creating an Access database using these templates. Instructions in this article apply to Access for Office 365, Access 2019, Access 2016, Access 2013, Access 2010, and Access 2007. 01 of 05 Open Microsoft Access to the "Getting Started" Screen Once you've selected a template, open Microsoft Access. If you already have Access open, close and restart the program so you're viewing the Getting Started screen, as shown in the image above. This will be our starting point for creating our database. 02 of 05 Select the Template Source Next, choose the source of your template from the left pane, as shown in the image above. If you wish to use a template on your local system, select Local Templates. Standard templates include Asset Tracking, Contacts, Task Management, and others, but selecting More Templates will provide a lengthier list. You can also look for other templates online using the Search box. 03 of 05 Choose a Database Name After you select a database template, a new pane will appear. You must now name your Access database. You may either use the name suggested by Access or type in a custom name. If you'd like to change the database location from the default, click the file folder icon to navigate through the directory structure. Once you're satisfied with your selections, select the Create button to create your database. 04 of 05 Enter Login Information Some Access templates will display a Login dialog box. If so, choose a name from the list or select New User. Fill in the User Details form.Select Save & Close.Select the user name you just entered and choose Login. 05 of 05 Begin Working With Your Database After a brief delay, Access will open your new database, as shown in the image above. Select the Enable Content button if it appears below the ribbon. This will allow you to begin adding information and editing the database. You can either begin entering data immediately by typing in the first open cell or you can explore the features of the template using the navigation pane on the left side of the screen. Be sure to save any changes to the new database before exiting Access by selecting the Save icon or pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S.