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    This is original Kexi handbook for Kexi 2.x. It is always most up-to-date version. Based on it, on HTML version, and PDF version is auto-generated. Translation to other languages may be available (select your language and click on calligra link at You can find handbooks for other calligra apps there too.
    The works on this handbook are currently assigned to Dimitrios T Tanis, email: dimitrios.tanis at Please do not start anything but minor corrections without coordinating with maintainer, Jarosław Staniek, email: staniek at
    Please use rules from Documentation Tutorial.


    Kexi Basics

    Kexi Databases
    Creating a New Database File
    The Kexi Main Window
    Opening an Existing Kexi Database File
    Opening a Database File in the Open Existing Project Dialog
    Opening an Existing Kexi Database File by Clicking on .kexi File's Icon
    Using Built-In Help

    Building Simple Databases

    Designing Database Tables
    The Table Designer window
    Entering Data Into Tables
    Designing Database Queries
    Designing Forms
    Most important terms
    Forms versus tables
    Working with form design
    Using the Widgets tab
    Inserting widgets - text fields
    Assigning data sources
    Inserting text labels
    Widget layouts
    Setting widgets size and position by hand
    Setting the tab order
    Entering Data Using Forms

    Configuring Kexi

    Docking and undocking side panels

    Where to Go Next?

    Appendix A. Glossary

    Appendix B. Introduction to Databases

    What Is a Database?
    Database and Spreadsheet
    Database Design
    Who Needs a Database?
    Database Creation Software

    Appendix C. References

    Menu Commands
    The Kexi Tab
    The Create Tab
    The Data Tab
    The External Data Tab
    The Tools Tab
    The Help Menu
    The Form Design Tab
    The Report Design Tab
    Keyboard Shortcuts
    Data Types
    SQL Reference
    SQL Reserved Words
    Form Widgets
    Report Elements
    Command-Line Options
    Supported File Formats
    Microsoft Access File Formats
    Comma-separated Values Format (CSV)
    Kexi Specifications

    Appendix D. Kexi and Other Database Applications

    Data Types

    Technical Support

    Contributing to the Kexi Project

    Reporting Bugs or Wishes



    Credits and License