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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.

      61 votes
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        5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • New Linked Table Manager – Suggested Improvements, Fixes, and Relative Path Relinking

        Suggested Improvements & Fixes for the NEW Linked Table Manager (now available to Office 365 Insiders and Office 2019):

        First, I want to say I really appreciate the new Linked Table Manager in Access (as available for Office 365 Insiders and Office 2019) and it's many incredible improvements. However, I have some suggestions to improve usability, address issues and add functionality to it:

        1. Remove / Clarify Repeated Relink Table prompts when Change Data Source Path

        Clarify "Do you want to relink the selected tables in the new data source" as for optional table renaming and replace "Cancel" button for…

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          2 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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          • 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 →
            • Allow to enter criteria at the join level

              Left join categories c on c.id = p.catgoryId and p.price > 100

              This can be done in most SQL DBs, including SQL Server, but is not allowed in Access

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                1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Access database in an inconsistent state...Windows 10 1803 update

                Access database in an inconsistent state....since the release of Windows 10, 1803 our significant percentage of our 3500 customers have consistently lost connection to the back-end database and been forced to stop work during the day to repair their database. Only recently did we discover the leasing fix. In the meantime, our product reputation has been adversely affected. Please release a production update since many of the IT people have refused to make the lanmanserver registry entry and are waiting for the Windows update. HELLO MICROSOFT PLEASE HELP!!

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                  0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Tab Control bug

                  When you cut controls in a form & paste them into a tab control they lose all of their links to event procedures.

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                    0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Gui ribbon editor

                    Allow access developers to create or edit a ribbon with a gui rather than having to write xml.

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                      0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  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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                        0 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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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bug Report -- Multiple Access Crashes

                          Since 8/1/2018, MS Access has been crashing repeatedly on multiple machines in our office. We are on 64 bit Office 365 and Windows 10. It appears some bug must have been introduced during one of the automatic updates.

                          This crash appears to occur with automation where I think a second instance of MS Access is calling an MS access program, but not totally sure:

                          Faulting application name: MSACCESS.EXE, version: 16.0.10325.20118, time stamp: 0x5b64d927
                          Faulting module name: OLEAUT32.dll, version: 10.0.17134.48, time stamp: 0xebd737a3
                          Exception code: 0xc0000005
                          Fault offset: 0x000000000008a283
                          Faulting process id: 0x32a0
                          Faulting application start time: 0x01d43fb636a345d3
                          Faulting application path:…

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                            2 comments  ·  Other  ·  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 →
                            • Auto refresh linked tables, when front-end file moved

                              Auto refresh linked tables, when front-end file moved. Relink to current folder if back-end not found.
                              Best usage is to split front-end from Jet back-end.
                              Often we move this 2 files to a new location, but then we have to relink manually. Imho, it would be nice to have an automation\option that detect that we moved the front-end file, and that relink to the back-end in the current new folder (the same as FE folder). Of course it should be optionally, because many times we leave the BE in the same old location on the network LAN. Thanks for reading.

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                                1 comment  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Be able to export *.accb encrypted data to Word

                                Issue:
                                Access database in the current *.accdb format contains a client table & queries used as a data source in Word Mail Merge. The Access database is encrypted and password protected using the recommended encryption (default), but Word Mail Merge can't open the data source (using OLE DB Database Files or MS Access Database via ODBC (*.mdb.accdb)). Switching to the older encryption (legacy) bypasses the issue on costs of weaker encryption or using the deprecated MS Access Database via DDE (*.mdb,*.mde) but this causes Access to shut down after the Word document is closed (this DDE method is not recommend…

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                                • Render Tab Character (ASCII 9) Correctly in Textbox

                                  When pasting data into Access Text boxes, if the data contains the tab character (ASCII 9) the tab is not rendered correctly. What's worse is that moving the arrow key after that character also behaves strangely. The cursor appears to be in one location but edits to the text occur in a different location. Please fix this UI issue.

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                                    • SDF link

                                      i suggest that you add the ability to link an .SDF file in MS Access

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                                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Increase font size of Property Sheet

                                        The font size on the property sheet is really tiny. Like, 10pt or something ridiculous. Please make it bigger or allow us to change the font size. Banded rows could be nice too, but once the text is larger, it won't be as much of an issue.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • json linking

                                          People asked for exporting and importing json data but what about linking to json data?

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