I'm sorry. I sometimes am too emphatic. My attitude about using the right tool for the job extends to everything I do. A spreadsheet, although it can be made to (after a fashion) work as a db is a perfect example of using the wrong tool.
It's probably just as much the fault of many IT people as well. Many of them haven't the faintest idea how to set up a database. I bought the original release of Access in 1992. The package came with 5 1/4" and 3 1/2" FDD's. Having a relational database to keep track of my music collection was something I'd been looking forward to. For years I'd used 3 x 5 file cards. I moved to PFS First Choice (using MSDOS) when it was released. It was a flat file based system and not a whole lot better than file cards. I was able to purchase the first version of Access for the dealer price of $35. I taught myself Access Basic and wrote the original version of the db I still use today. It has been changed and modified over time. An Access db is very easy to modify
It's probably Ver 7.5a.31 by now.
I don't understand what you mean by "a separate page to be searched". To search for anything in any field on a database form (my picture) you highlight the field, click on search and enter the word or terms of what ever you're looking for. Click one more time to initiate the search. It will then search the entire database for the search item.
When I finish the Open Office version I'll be offering it free to anyone who wants it. Everyone should be able to run it. Open Office is open source freeware.
For those not familiar, Open Office is a free down loadable open source alternative to MS Office. It's a full featured suite that reads and writes Excel, Word and Powerpoint files. Don't want to pay Microsoft? Give it a try!
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