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  1. Integrate MS Access with Power Apps

    I've been looking more into Power Apps, and I think it would be great for you to work with the Power Apps team to provide a web and mobile solution to what Access can do today on the premises of a server. Because there is unfortunately no web version of Access, maybe Power Apps can help solve this problem? Ideally, we should be able to continue moving (and linking) Access data into SQL and then create a Power App on top of the "Access-created" data from SQL; essentially viewing a Power Application that looks exactly like access but online and…

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    4 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is great feedback that we are actually working on providing now. Using the comments below, we’d love to hear thoughts about solely focusing on SQL as a stepping stone to Power Apps for data migration purposes, or also investing in another way for you to connect to Power Apps through the Common Data Service (CDS). This database allows you to store, share and manage your data over the web, and eventually the phone (current MS investment). CDS is also Power Apps’ central underlying storage unit, as well as the entire Power Platform team’s key investment.
    Please see following link for information about CDS, and let us know: if Access created a data export & linked table capability from our platform to CDS, would you use it?:
    https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fpowerapps%2Fmaker%2Fcommon-data-service%2Fdata-platform-intro&data=04%7C01%7CEbo.Quansah%40microsoft.com%7C32c26c86b7fe4f3162a508d7f069896d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637242208373640123%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C-1&sdata=GuvQ6o2aqKiBMs%2B1z2nvv0sNtAHNl8MPQqiOvsh0D1U%3D&reserved=0

    We will still continue to make investments in SQL connection either way, but we are also happy to…

  2. improve appearance and design of Access Forms

    modern optical effects like in Windows 10 or modern webpages would heavily improve the value of created Apllications.
    Better Mouseover-Effects for Buttons, Fading Effects for Forms....
    it would be great!

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  3. add a new menu item view sql

    add a new menu item in order to view the sql behind a query; sometimes it takes ages to load a query in design, I just want to see the sql behind it

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    1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Access Office 2016

    Access Office 2016 sous Windows 10

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    1 comment  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. improve format options for some controls


    1. Formatting functionality (shapes/styles) for buttons replicated for textboxes, labels and rectangles, perhaps others.

    2. Option to resize and format check and option boxes

    3. The option for a line to include an arrowhead and perhaps flight. aka shapes in excel/word.

    4. The ability to map one control to another (similar to labels mapping to controls) but with the ability to choose which corner maps to which corner

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    0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Increase Accdb file size capacity

    2 GB size storage capacity, could be enough for maybe more than 5 years that if small growth of data entry, but for thousands of data could be entries in just 1 year it would be a fear to reach it's limit. For me i don't need 10 GB but maybe 4 GB could be better than what we have today.

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    0 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 11 votes
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  8. Fix Bug - InStr And InStrRev

    InStr or InStrRev function results in error or crashes database if sort order is “General”).
    Work around: Options > General > New database sort order > General - Legacy’, followed by ‘compact database’.
    The behaviour is very odd in that e.g. it may or may not work first time after reboot / logon, but fails subsequently. Compacting and then restarting the database never fixes the issue.
    This problem resulted from recent (Quarter 2 to July 2020) Windows and / or Access 2019 updates.

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    1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. On the main screen in Virtuoso, move the "Overall Health" column closer to the project name column.To will eliminate need to scroll over

    On the main screen in Virtuoso, move the "Overall Health" column closer to the project name column. To will eliminate need to scroll over to see the Over Health column as you look through the list

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    0 comments  ·  Datasheet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Criteria language unification

    I find it annoying that everytime I send an .accdb file with multiple queries and forms to a collegue who uses ACCESS in a different language, I have to do a search/replace of every criteria in all queries and translate it to his language (for example : Forms -> Formulaire, Reports -> Etats ...)
    It would be easier is all criteria were coded by default in English, and then showed to users in their UI language? Or maybe automatically translate all criteria when UI language is changed?

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 365 Update breaking the database drivers

    This happened to a lot of our clients back in 2016.

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/7964a808-81dd-49a5-8883-3d62cd03af5a/the-operating-system-is-not-presently-configured-to-run-this-application?forum=vclanguage

    I have not had this problem until this week and have gotten three calls about it. At least I can run the install of the 2010 drivers to fix it. I was told I should leave a heads up here about the issue.

    Thanks, Dan.

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  12. improve richtext Editor: static menue bar and insertion of pictures

    the richtext Editor is ok and can be used for simple html formattings.
    But the useability is awful, instead of marking the text and moving the mouse there should be an option to permanantly show the menue bar. There should be an option to insert a picture.

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    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. change the update policy: new festures should be in all future Access Editions of microsoft365

    Actually there are great new changes coming in MS Access :-)
    But if festures are only in certain editions of Microsoft 365 i dont know under which condition i really can use it for my customers.

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    0 comments  ·  Product Marketing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. BUG: deep hiding tables removes data from complex datatype fields

    A fellow developer reported this fairly obscure bug to me as I work extensively with what I call 'deep hidden' tables using property dbHiddenObject (MSysObjects Flags=1). If a table containing data in attachment or multi value fields is 'deep hidden', the data APPEARS to be deleted from those fields. The data is NOT restored if the tables are returned to normal.
    I have tested this and confirmed it to be true. I have also checked the contents of the related deep hidden system tables (each beginning with f_...) and the actual complex data is still present. However the user tables…

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  15. networkdays is a function in excel that provides date difference in workdays. Recommend same function be made available in MS Access

    networkdays is a key concept in service level agreement measurement and project management reporting. It measures workdays between two dates. This function exists in Excel and should be easy to port into Access

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    0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Pour Office 2016

    Bonjour j'ai perdu ma clé ou il et efface merci d'avance

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    0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Protect Rich Text Box Links

    I use Rich Text boxes to store Email Templates, so that the text looks nice as an Email and also contains HTML Web links.
    However, if anyone tries to edit the box in Rich Text mode, all the links immediately disappear

    eg: <a href="https://www.w3schools.com/">Visit W3Schools.com!</a>

    gets turned into Visit W3Schools.com!.

    Can we retain any links when editing the box in normal mode please?

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    0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Bring back table wizard

    This feature helped a lot of people to be productive I think now a lot of people are having trouble with creating a database I think with this feature it will bring back the productivity in this app other version starting in Access 95 had this great feature and I think that is gone in Access 2016/2019 people have trouble with productivity in Access

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    0 comments  ·  Datasheet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Bring back table wizard

    This feature helped a lot of people to be productive I think now a lot of people are having trouble with creating a database I think with this feature it will bring back the productivity in this app other version starting in Access 95 had this great feature and I think that is gone in Access 2016/2019 people have trouble with productivity in Access

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  20. Fix the "System Resource Exceeded" error that requires Processor Affinity be set to 0.

    We have a number of users at work who regularly report, when using Access 2016, that they get a "System Resource Exceeded" error when running certain queries. It is intermittent, but happens frequently. Didn't used to happen on Office 2010, or under Windows 7. Happens regularly under Office 2016 under Windows 10.

    Multiple threads online point to the current "workaround" being to set Processor Affinity to 0, rather than utilizing all cores of the process. This seems like a shitty solution, and it would be better if the underlying issue(s) with using multi-core processor(s) would be fixed, so the workaround…

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