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  1. Major bug in all versions of Access: handling of ESCAPE key

    n all versions of Access that I am aware of, going back at least to Access 2000, the escape key cancels queries (whether select, update, append, etc.), and recordset operations (running in VBA).

    On the surface this may be fine, but there is a major bug in the implementation: Access "listens" for the escape key regardless of whether it has the focus or not.

    So for example, if you have a long running append query and then open Excel, Word, Outlook, or even your browser (any software, presumably), and hit the Escape key to cancel an action in that other…

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      3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

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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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          • 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 →
            • 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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              • 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 →
                • 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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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 →
                        • 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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                          • 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 →
                            • prevent switching to data-definition query

                              Please prevent switching the Query Designer to data definition mode unless the current query is empty.

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                              • document pass-through queries

                                Please document pass-through queries in online help.

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                                • open suggestion form in the default browser

                                  Please open the suggestion form in the default browser.

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                                  • 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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                                      0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • OST to PST Converter

                                      On the off chance that your Outlook OST record has turned out to be broken or unparented due to a few reasons like infection assault, Trojan disease, awful server, Low system property, document assemble activity disappointment, equipment crash or bundle disappointment and you wish to ask back your OST record because of your OST document is in this way fundamental to you, at that point don't freeze you'll have the capacity to endeavor our OST record to PST document gadget bundle furthermore as OST to PST for working environment 2007. In the event that you wish to investigate the work…

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                                      • 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 →
                                        • Intellisense/Builder Improvements

                                          In Access I often use the criteria Intellisense/Builder to help me get the vba string to drill down to a deeply nested subform. But Intellisense/Builder gives up about 3 forms in. It would be nice to be able to drill down further with the help of this tool.
                                          I am by no means an expert at Access but over time have created several useful tools over the years, with the help of many Access experts on line. I created a very comprehensive vacation calendar used by over 200 people (tied to an sql back end) for my employer prior to…

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