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Access Database Design and Excel Import

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I am setting up an Access database to track information originally tracked/stored in Excel spreadsheets - primarily client information and their status on a project (e.g. initial, in progress, verified, completed, etc.).

In some instances, it makes sense to have multiple tables - for example, there may be multiple contacts associated with a single client, in which case it is logical to have a client table and a "Contacts" table.

In our spreadsheet, we currently have one row per client - when I go to import it into my Access database, how do I specify what information is stored in what tables?
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Will that keep all of the information properly related? In other words, if I run the command once for client info and again for contacts, would all of Client A contacts be connected/related to the Client A record and all Client B contacts be connected/related to the Client B record?
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Ok. So when I design the database, can I have my tables already related? Or do I have to import the data into the two separate tables, including a column along the lines of "client id" from each excel import, then relate the tables? What if we want to import data, then update it again at a later time from a newer Excel spreadsheet?
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