Software & Apps Apps Installing the Northwind Sample Database in Microsoft Access 2013 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 June 20, 2019 slungu / Getty Images Apps Best Apps Tweet Share Email Microsoft Access 2013 is a database management system that provides the software tools you need to organize data. If you're a novice user, you may have seen mentions of The Northwind sample database, which has long been available to Access users. It contains some great sample tables, queries, reports, and other database features, and it frequently appears in tutorials for Access 2013. If you're learning Access and working your way through online tutorials, you'll no doubt be asked to use the Northwind database. Here's how to install it in Microsoft Access 2013. Installing the Northwind Database Access database templates used to be downloadable from the web, but they are now available only from within Access itself. To install the sample database: Open Microsoft Access 2013. Type "Northwind" in the Search for Online Templates box at the top of the screen and click Enter. Single-click on Northwind 2007 Sample in the result screen. In the File Name text box, provide a filename for your Northwind database. Click the Create button. Access downloads the Northwind database from Microsoft and prepares your copy. It may take a few minutes. Your database opens automatically when it is ready. About the Northwind Database The Northwind database is based on a fictitious company—Northwind Traders. It incorporates sales transactions between the company and its customers and purchasing details between the company and its vendors. It includes tables for inventory, orders, customers, employees and more. It is the basis for many tutorials and books on using Access. These instructions also apply to Microsoft Access 2016.