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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

    90 votes
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      8 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)

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        3 comments  ·  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!!

        47 votes
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          2 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  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.

          73 votes
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            5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  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 →
            • 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 →
              • 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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                  1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Bug Report -- Application Crashing after update

                  We had this problem back in August with MSAccess 64 bit on Office 365 crashing after a windows update. Once again, the same issue: Access is crashing multiple times per day because of bugs introduced by Microsoft during the update process.

                  Faulting application name: MSACCESS.EXE, version: 16.0.11126.20196, time stamp: 0x5c2dc930
                  Faulting module name: OLEAUT32.dll, version: 10.0.17134.48, time stamp: 0xebd737a3
                  Exception code: 0xc0000005
                  Fault offset: 0x000000000008a06d
                  Faulting process id: 0x1180
                  Faulting application start time: 0x01d4ac28476e5591
                  Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Root\Office16\MSACCESS.EXE
                  Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\OLEAUT32.dll
                  Report Id: 5c83adec-0c56-4e22-b261-5d638b46b548
                  Faulting package full name:
                  Faulting package-relative application ID:

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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add Form position properties (x and y) to window screen

                    It would be great if access form (either overlapped or popup form) has X and Y poperty fixed to active screen (measurement in twips). As far I know, the property LEFT and TOP are relative to their window (most value are 0 if a form in topmost or leftmost.

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                      1 comment  ·  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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                        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).

                        55 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  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?

                          9 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…

                            102 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow setting background color for Access desktop, and to change colors for form and report borders

                              I would like to use the grey background color of Access 2003 and also its blue border color for forms and reports. But now the background color of Access 2016 is white and the border color for forms and reports is white. In Access 2010 you were able to reproduce the 2003 look by setting some options, but that has been removed in Access 2016. Please advise if this capability exists, or please add it.

                              6 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Let Access automatically detect the Outlook Version installed on a User's PC and have that Outlook Versions Library automatically installed.

                                If Access can automatically identify the current version of Outlook installed on the users PC and automatically have that Outlook Versions Library installed will save a lot of time and confusion for the Developer. The Developer will not have to physically intervein with the Library settings and he can distribute the Access application to a mixed environment that has mixed versions of Outlook.

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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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                                    2 comments  ·  Product Marketing  ·  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…

                                    79 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          0 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Export / Import VBA IDE settings (including editor format)

                                          Export / Import VBA IDE settings (including editor format)

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