Help with Microsoft Access

Help! At work, we are trying to do an inventory of some lab glassware that we just bought. Boss pointed at Access, said he thinks that it will do what we need, and left me on my own. I am completely confused and frustrated.

I don’t need/want anything fancy, I just want to put in descriptions of the glass, and have the computer match up the same type (for instance, if I enter in two of “8260” separately, it will automatically combine it and list the number of available as 2).

Am I using the right program?

Please explain this as you would to a very dumb first grader.

liirogue, I’ve e-mailed you on this issue. Feel free to contact me.