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  1. 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.

    32 votes
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      2 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…

      19 votes
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        4 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.

        22 votes
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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 →
          • 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).

            10 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Document the LoadFromText and SaveAsText methods

              There are two undocumented methods, SaveAsText and LoadFromText, which were originally used for the old SCC integration. Since Access 2013, the source code integration has been removed and we now rely on third party tools (e.g. OASIS-SVN or Ivercy being example). It is my understanding those still rely on the undocumented methods. This request is to ask that Access team document those methods and thus make it supported so that those tools can continue to count on it being available and provide a solution for source code without taking any resources from Microsoft.

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                5 comments  ·  Other  ·  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…

                38 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • VBA Updates

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                  VBA Native line numbering
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                  Adding line numbers is something that is a pet peeve. Line numbers should be Native and error trappable by default without having to add them manually.

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                  VBA Accessible Call Stack
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                  A way to read from the call stack, function/sub names in order accessed, times accessed...etc

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                  VBA Custom Toolbars to allow custom Macro/Function Calls
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                  If I could add my ow custom functions as a toolbar button and have my toolbar exportable and importable for others to use. As opposed to a full Add-In.

                  '~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                  VBA button and/or right click to open…

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                    2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • New Property, Filter for Combo Box

                    Scenario: Product Obsolete.
                    if product is marked as obsolete then we do not want it to appear on the combo drop down list but still must be visible to display historic data.

                    The Hack involves hiding a second drop down behind the first with a different rowsource, on click of the first we swap focus to the rear dropdown which then retrieves the required value without effecting the bound tables historical data.

                    Can you apply a filter to a combo box, on focus, for addition of records.

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                      4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please provide us a utility to create Mobile Apps using MS-Access (Specially for Mobile development)

                      Hello Team,
                      A mobile app developed using MS-Access itself can help in creating Apps which can be used by a Sales Team which is performing marketing activities in remote locations.
                      The mobile app can help the Sales person record the customers enquiry (Very minimum fields) and on a push of a button have it flushed to the Corporate CRM database.
                      I'm asking for a Small Mobile App development tool which can help MS-Access run on any mobile (I'm speaking of a very very light version).
                      This will not only make MS-Access a versatile product but millions of mobile app developers…

                      8 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Find a way to prevent "phantom breakpoints" in the VBA IDE, this has been an issue for 20 years

                        We all know about these; an end user runs your Access application, and it freezes up and suddenly displays the VBA code window to the user with a line highlighted in yellow. The user is confused and concerned, and thinks it's a bug in the program. A quick random edit and recompile usually fixes this, but how about fixing the problem that these breakpoints really do get cleared when you click to Clear All Breakpoints? In some business environments you can't only deploy MDE or ACCDE files.

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                          2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • MS Access

                          I would like to have a cloud version of MS Access and really need it for my business could you please indicate a timeframe ?

                          18 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Be able to comment out multiple lines of code at a time

                            Similar to visual studio, be able to highlight multiple lines of code at a time and comment them out. Or do the reverse and be able to highlight multiple rows and uncomment them.

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                            • Please provide a tool to create self adjusting boxes in a Report. E.g: Invoice and Quotation type of reports

                              Hello Team,
                              We develop CRM applications which has one major function of creating OFFERS/QUOTATIONS & Invoices which are emailed directly to a customer.
                              As you are aware such type of a report is directly based on a Master/Detail table format. We need a tool in the report to create self adjusting boxes for the details section of the report. So as the list of products increment in the details section the box automatically justifies itself without losing its look n feel. Please also be aware that I'm not speaking of the "Arrange" menu which gets activated in the Reports Layout…

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                                2 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Cross platform

                                If I can not play with playstion friend then I mit aswell bye a palystation to play with them Because this is going to decrease sails or stop them.

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • access 2016 crosstab

                                  Crosstables should never have been removed.
                                  It just doesn't make sense to have to export the data to Excel and if the data changes, we need to export again.
                                  Please bring it back

                                  34 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Correct the drop-down list for calculated field result-type in Table Creation

                                    Remove the first option which is blank and invalid, and remove an instance of Currency which is duplicated.

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                                    • Add conversion/export wizards for Forms and Reports - export to C# and/or PHP

                                      Many of us MS Access fans want to move FE to the web.
                                      Today there already exist good tools for migrate an Access BE to SQL Server.
                                      But it would be great if there also came a MS tool for migrating Forms and Reports.

                                      6 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • add the data file/table name being imported on saved imports.

                                        I have some saved imports that pull in multiple tables from our ERP system. I believe it would be informative to know which "step" in the import is active by showing the table name on the status bar. Right now it shows "Importing. Press and hold ESC to stop." Expanding that to "Importing table xxxxxxxx - Press and hold ESC to stop."

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                                          0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Action Query: List specific records/columns that violate index or validation

                                          When running an action query, if records will be 'excluded' due to index or validation, give clear info as to what records & columns are causing the issue.

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                                            1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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