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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.

    42 votes
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      3 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…

      28 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.

        24 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  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 →
          • 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).

            14 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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…

              62 votes
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                5 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…

                48 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 2 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Don't load the stock menubar and ribbon when opening an Access application in the runtime

                    The menubar and ribbon appear while loading and are only unloaded / hidden afterwards.

                    4 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • VBA Updates

                      '~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                      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…

                      20 votes
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                        3 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 →
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                            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • If you copy a database and access it at one time it breaks

                            Only Windows 10:
                            When you save your changes and a data recovery service copy your edited files at the same time, they could break.

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                            • 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…

                              12 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • MS Access

                                On opening reports the ribbon is always visible. Please provide ability to set ribbon default to collapse.

                                4 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  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.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Importing CSV files results in errors on german systems

                                    On german systems semicolons are used instead of commas which is not accounted for when importing.

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                                    • Performance problems when multiple users access files on NAS drives

                                      Loading times increase drastically the more users access the file.

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                                      • Please bring back the access user level security

                                        many my clients don't need the true security of SQL server. they are small restaurants and tine retailers. they still user access 2000. but some have been force to use MySQL, or even PostgreSQL on even Linux systems. so, bring the user level security back in your 2019 access will save the world, and good to windows world.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • 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.

                                          19 votes
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