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  1. Release an Office 2019 Access Runtime

    The Access Team previously stated that "Access is included in all Office 365 plans and Access 2016 Runtime click-to-run is also available for customers".
    This leaves a gap for anyone that has installed a lower version of Office 2019 that does not include Access. The Access 2016 runtime will not install as it is MSI, the Office 365 access runtime will not install as it clashes with Office 2019, which it insists you uninstall.
    We are having to tell our customers to not install Office 2019.
    So please can we have a runtime that plays nicely with Office 2019

    72 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Fix Windows 10 1803 Frontend - Backend corruption issues

      We have some databases with a split front end (stored on local computer) and backend (stored on a server mapped via relative path) using Access 2016 (build 9126.2259). Since upgrading many computers to Windows 10 1803 the backend database constantly becomes corrupt. We have to disable the three caches referenced in the article linked below in order for the corruption to stop, but this makes file server operations much slower while also causing unnecessary network traffic. We never had this issue on Windows 10 1703.

      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-7/ff686200(v=ws.10)

      85 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • JSON import/export

        Given the widespread use JSON as a data transport, we should have:

        Application.ImportJSON
        Application.ExportJSON

        like we have:

        Application.ImportXML
        Application.ExportXML

        There are a few libraries out there – replacing these with one or a few lines of code would be extremely useful.

        68 votes
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          5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Increase the maximum file size from 2GB upwards

          I know that this idea has been floated twice before and I also note that the Access team have responded and indicated that this is not part of the development and I also note that its been closed so more votes cannot be taken on it. Thought it was important to re-open because its actually quite a popular idea. I understand that SQL Server / SQL Azure or SQL Express are the way to go if users are wanting larger backends but for quick and dirty working for ETL projects or random data analysis of large datasets individuals may not…

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            6 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide a MS-Access connector to PowerApps and Flow

            We have a webservice on which we have a PowerApp connector that enables PowerApps to run any macro, vba procedure/function, opening of a form to fill in text-fields and/or perform the equivalent to buttonclick-events in an Access Application. If MS-Access out of the box could configure and enable a webservice on the machine it's running and thus would enable a PowerApp to be a cloudfirst/mobilefirst frontend presentation layer, MS-Access 2019 would really become something new. When the Access application has linked SQL-tables to SQL-2016 or up, it can easily delegate the creation of JSON to SQL-server, but I wouldn't be…

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              5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • multi core

              Multi Threading for MS Access. As we all know ms Access is a single threaded application. If you all remember the fun of seeing, "this program is not responding" during a particularly heavy query or task. Multi threading would add huge value to the speed efficiency and capabilities of this application. I realize it would make visual studio WPF not as much of a stand out but lets be honest Access needs to get some real loving (not silly things like a search bar).

              42 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • When a query fails due to data type mismatch - tell us what field in the error message.

                When a query fails due to data type mismatch or some other field specific error - tell us what field in the error message.

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                  0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a TreeGrid Control

                  A TreeGrid control could be used in forms, or as just a Tree control. This should be a somewhat customizable look and feel.

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                    0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make the 'Compact and Repair Database' function automatic on saves

                    Access file sizes grow rapidly, even if there's no database in use. PC's are fast enough to do the Compact and Repair function with very little delay in saving files. At least make it an option in the Current Database settings.

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                      2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add an option to disable the 'Show Table' dialog when creating a new query

                      It would be useful to be able to suppress the automatic display of the modal 'Show Table' dialog every time a new query is created.

                      Currently I instinctively hit 'Esc' when creating a new query, knowing that this dialog will be displayed.

                      I prefer to add tables/queries to my query by dragging them from the navigation bar.

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                        1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Build an integration for Zapier

                        https://zapier.com/apps/microsoft-access/integrations

                        The above link has the option for a developer from the Access team to log in to the Developer Platform on Zapier to build an integration. Access is a vital part of running the backend of our law firm but we use a different platform for our frontend. It would be much quicker and more efficient if we were able to sync data from our frontend to our backend.

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                          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Would like to hear ideas from the Access Team via Surveys

                          We the Access developers and users have mostly provided good ideas in this forum, some which you have implemented, or are planning to.

                          Likewise, I would also like to hear about any ideas the Access Team may have via a posted survey so we can provide feedback. Please be more proactive in collaborating with us, we will provide valuable input.

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                            1 comment  ·  Product Marketing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add UWP/Fluent Controls

                            The currently available controls look ancient (Think Windows 3.1). Why not add new controls that allow developers to match the look and feel of Windows 10?

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Tab File

                              How To Visible File Tab To False In Access Like idMso="TabHome" Visible=False

                              Or Cannot Disable Or Remove By Commandbars Like CommandBars("Ribbon") Controls("File").Visible=False ?!!!!

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                              • Limits are reached - if I open one more form: Error 3048: Cannot open any more databases

                                I have 2 reports and 1 form open. Each of theses has complex data sources (with many joins, subqueries...). If I open an fourth report - I get the error message.

                                I think the limits are to low. Please upgrade them.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • he was runing

                                  we tell he no running and he runing

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                                    1 comment  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Access 2016: Form border width is too narrow .

                                    Sizeable MDI forms in Access 2016 have a single-pixel border that is very hard to grab with the mouse.

                                    The form borders show as a single-pixel whether the form mode is "no border", "dialog", "sizable" or "thin".

                                    One work-around is to make the form a popup form, but if you make every single form in the database popup, you lose the MDI functionality and the ability to have a genuine popup form. When everything is on top then effectively nothing is.

                                    This creates a serious accessibility issue particularly when combined with the fact that MS Access forms and controls don't…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      • bug - New 2018 Black and grey themes

                                        Changing to the new black theme and then closing out of access completely - re open access and change theme to colorful and the navigation search bar remains black, changing to grey and back to colorful also does not change the search bar back to white.

                                        The black theme is a nice idea and aligns itself with windows themes and visual studio however the implementation leaves a lot to be desired. Disabled ribbon button labels are too dark and don't have enough contrast to be visible. Open a query editor window and try to read the labels in the bottom…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add a drop for quick access to updates.

                                          Provide more directions on how to make a short cut for this application.

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