I never understood why people have so much trouble with Access. I think people get confused because they are used to Excel.
Quick overview of Access:
Access is a little different from Excel. With Access, you put data in the rows and row position does not matter, so don't worry about sorting A-Z. You can't even move the rows up or down, again because it is not necessary since row position does not matter. The data position within a row is important (and the 1st row is usually the unique identifier). The unique identifier ensures that there are no exact duplicate records. Why is this important? You wouldn't want someone else to come to VeggieBoards and take the name SuicideBlone, would you? One record for each object to prevent problems.
You pre-define the data fields with constraints (numbers only, letters only, only allow 3 digits, etc). The data fields are not made to look pretty - no bold, italics, colors, etc. They just hold data.
Now all that raw data is no good as it is because it is a jumbled mess. What you do in Access is generate reports that present the data in an organized and attractive manner. This is where it can get tricky. The report wizard is fairly easy. Just pick the data fields, your template, etc and a report is generated. There are different view to the report. The Layout and Design views are how you move things around and set widths and whatnot. The Report view is the good looking view that you would print. The hardest part is linking multiple sets of data through relationships. To link two tables together, you have to link them by the ID (the one with the key next to it).
I'm telling you these things because I struggled with Access at the very beginning until I understood these things. It's these differences from Excel that made me understand how Access works. Basically, you work with raw data then you create a report to present it.