In Access 2003, you can only have one database open at one time. Unlike other Microsoft Office programs, Access doesn’t automatically open a new or existing file when you start the program. Files can be opened either from the Open Dialog box or from the Most Recently Used File List.
Figure 5. Open Dialog Box
From the Open Dialog Box, you can access to all of the files currently saved on your computer. But, from the Most Recently Used File List, you only have access to up to 9 of the most recent files you’ve worked with in Access.
Opening Files from the Most Recently Used File List
Click File on the Menu bar
Under Recent Documents, click the file you want to open
Opening Files from the Open Dialog Box
Choose File: Open from the Menu bar
Navigate to the folder that contains your file
Select your file
Closing an Access Database
Control of an Access database all happens from the Database window. When you close the database window, the related database closes, as well. Alternatively, you can choose File: Close from the Menu bar.