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  1. Allow arrow up/down keys to move between previous/next row in continuous form

    In a datasheet form we can navigate left/right as well as up/down, navigating between different rows of the recordset.

    In continuous forms the up/down errors behave the same as left/right.

    Nowadays, to achieve the described behavior we have to catch the KeyDown event in a continuous form and MoveNext or MovePrevious with error handling for first/last record etc.

    Instead the behavior should be the same as in datasheet form.
    There can be an option similar to "Move after <Enter>".

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      3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  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.

      53 votes
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        5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  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)

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          0 comments  ·  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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            5 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  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).

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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Deprecate all versions of Access

              I would like to suggest to Microsoft an idea that came to me in a dream last night. My dream was a little bit like:
              I was sitting in a bench at some park, there was no black people around, Donald Trump probably won the reelection. I was reading the news, "Elon Musk dies on his way to the sun"... For some reason I'm not surprised. All of the sudden I realize I was supposed to go to work because its sunday! I rush to McDonalds... on my way I see a massive screen showing the new capabilities of Access…

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                3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Prevent tables & queries being copied in ACCDE files

                ACCDE files provide significant security especially if combined with password protection, disabling shift bypass, hiding navigation pane/ribbon/application window, using a SQL Server backend etc.
                Doing so prevents users importing forms/reports & of course code from another database. However, a major weakness & common complaint is that users can still import all tables & queries including hidden & system tables.
                It is possible to make tables 'deep hidden' to prevent this ...but even that can be reversed ...if you know how.
                Please add code to prevent this security loophole using VBA (not in the ribbon!). If users lock themselves out by…

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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Give us the ability to do a Partial Compress & repair on the current database

                  Give us the ability to request a partial Compress & Repair at the table level within an opened database.
                  It should not be impossible to compress database records and disk pages at the table level, bypassing and freeing up any space no longer needed for deleted data records and index entries.
                  Given Microsoft refusal to consider revamping the database Access database files to allow for larger databases, then giving us the ability to better manage the available 2GB of space by making incremental requests to compress & repair thins partially at the table-level could be a meaningful compromise. This could…

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                    2 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • ITEMS in Detail Section with Crosstab Queries and specified fixed headings should have option to suppress repeating

                    Whenever an ITEM such as a heading progress bar is in the Detail section, so if you display the form as Continuous Forms, you will see a progress bar in each displayed record. It will happen whenever a Continuous Form displays more than one record.

                    The only way to avoid this is to move the progress bar to the form header (or footer) section.

                    Please refer to the attached design, on the very last page described in microsoft forums.

                    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_access-mso_windows8-mso_2010/crosstab-query-to-display-all-records-according-to/b98b9372-1a83-402d-b54d-87ca5b7a7407?messageId=c8966d76-2bcd-4a49-a1cc-83cdcf71a483

                    Either an access development enhancement to enable this would provide more flexibility to create complicated reports.

                    Thank you kindly.

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                      0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  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 →
                      • Enable the use of longer database passwords (security)

                        Please raise the allowed and supported password length to at least 20 characters (as in Access 2007).

                        For security reasons our company releases a new security guideline so that every relevant application has to use passwords at least 20 characters long.
                        This would mean several hundred password encrypted databases from various versions of access are no longer allowed to be used.

                        Technically it is possible to use a 20 character long password within a database (backwards compatibility). But this doesn't work with linked objects. The Connect-String in MSysObjects stays empty.
                        The use of more than 14 characters is not supported…

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                        • In Access documentation, include the Access version(s) in which the feature is available

                          In the Access documentation, please include the version in which each feature was introduced. That will make it possible to design in one version of Access and know that the database will run on an earlier version. Right now, the only way I know to do this is to test the database on an earlier version and find the components which aren't available by trial-and-error.

                          (Note: that I've posted a similar suggestion in officespdev.uservoice.com for the Access VBA reference.)

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                            0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow emailing of Reports in Stand-alone Access 2016

                            Emailing Reports from Stand alone Access 2016 no longer works if installed after March 2018. The workaround is to use Office 365.

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Replace VBA with VBA.net.

                              Replace VBA with VBA.net. You exist because of your customer. Develop solutions to your customers' needs, not your agenda. CUSTOMERS' NEEDS = VBA.NET! I don't understand why your company does not grasp this necessity. Good grief!!

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                              • conditional formating rules on controls

                                Add the ability to set border color and thickness and line type. Also allow conditional formatting for checkboxes - Would be nice to not have to do this all in code.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow users to import text files that do not have a txt extension

                                  in office access 2007 we used to be able to import text files that have an extension other than .txt, many businesses have files that are text files that do not have .txt extension and although I can change the extension to .txt, it is very time consuming when I have thousands of these files

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                                    0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Create a new Comprehensive Windows Installer for Access Applications.

                                    Access needs a quick way to get a good solid installation of Back-end and Front-end databases including a registry edit for Trusted locations and versioning.
                                    It should also include the ability to:
                                    Add Icons,
                                    Add Desktop and other shortcuts,
                                    Allow user to accept an ELUA (End User License Agreement)
                                    Run simple scripts,
                                    Install with full windows trust. (maybe with a certificate?)
                                    An uninstaller.
                                    A check for updates function.
                                    Install support files into specified folders.
                                    Read simple system values and react accordingly (eg if 64bit systems then install 64 bit ODBC Driver)

                                    Also it would be nice if it could notify…

                                    53 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Develop the SQL User Interface

                                      SQL is something that I find particularly useful when I am running a database. However, the SQL user interface is very poor in my opinion. It should be more something like the Visual Basic interface, where when you start typing in a formula, then it has a dropdown with all your options and when you select the function from the dropdown, it will show you how to build the formula. For me it becomes very time consuming to have to go online to figure out how the function is built. Also it would be great if it can be colour…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow office to be installed on secondary hard drive.

                                        Old versions of office allowed users to install on any hard drive they wanted. The current office 2016 consumes up valuable hard drive space for the Operating System. Allow the user to decide where they want it installed. To make it easy have a express or custom option for installation. I have seen many companies use this option it allows easy installation for those who are less tech savvy and those who have experience to customize their installation. I use Visual Studio 2017 and it allows an installation option. THIS IS A MUST most people have small hard drives for…

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