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  1. Bring Access to the year 2017

    OK, enough of COM controls and VBA programming. The controls need a complete overhaul that look like and act like year 2017 controls not 1981 controls. We need more controls that you would find in .net interface. The chart control, datashets and almost all other controls need to be moved out of the COM world. Creating a dashboard in near impossible with the current controls and layout handling.

    Also VBA is ok but very limited compared to .net. Both are your products why not integrate them.

    We need a true grid control, better comboboxs, true PDF support, better and attractive…

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    • Ctrl+A in a textbox should select all text instead of all records

      Currently, when I'm in a form's textbox and I instinctively hit Ctrl+A to select all text (just like any other Windows application), nothing happens. Or so you may think, in fact everything happens! All records get selected, and if you dare hit the wrong button while you think you have selected all text of the textbox, woe is unto you.

      Should Access really be different from all other programs out there? Why should a user think that when in a textbox and hitting ctrl+A it won't select the text?

      Of course, there are workarounds (like a VBA function that hijacks…

      3 votes
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      • POSSIBILITY TO ADD SEGMENTS LIKE EXCEL IN A FORM

        To apply filter easily
        data source: values of the segment : sql
        child object : subform in continuous mode
        field father:child
        Sorry for my poor english

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        • Add the possibility ta create control in tabular mode with hidden forms

          When you create new control in a new form in hidden mode, you can't use tabular mode

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          • Custom naming on message boxes

            When using the vbYesNo message box you can only have 'Yes' or 'No' options. I would like to be able to rename these options. Currently the only way round it is to create a form to look like a message box.

            27 votes
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            • Subform in continous form

              Today we can't use a subform in a continous form.

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              • Listbox update

                Have a fully programmable listbox with events like comctl listbox and treeview we had. Sizable columns, header click, sorting, image support.

                46 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hi Yossi,

                  Thanks for posing on Access UserVoice.
                  We are not quite sure we fully understand the suggestion here.
                  Could you elaborate and provide more details?

                  Thanks,
                  Michal [MSFT]

                • Fix form border widths in Access 2016 under Windows 10

                  I don't know if this is a general problem with Office 2016, or if it is specific to Windows 10 users, but I find that sizable MDI forms in Access 2016 have a single-pixel border that is very hard to grab with the mouse.

                  The form borders show as a single-pixel red line, and have no difference in appearance regardless of the mode of the form, whether the mode is "no border", "dialog", "sizable" or "thin". The border appears the same in design mode.

                  I've tried this on a couple of different computers running Office 2016 under Windows 10, and…

                  219 votes
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                    60 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    I apologize for an honest mistake with updating the status to Done.
                    We did fix a similar issue with Query design and Relationship window, but haven’t fixed this one.

                    Again – sorry for the mix-up.

                    Michal [MSFT]

                  • Make Access fully MDI

                    Although the UI of MS Access has been modernised with Office Fluent Ribbon, Access is not fully MDI - all the displayed objects - forms, tables etc.. still display within the current window. How about keeping up with Word and Excel programs, have the option for each object to display in a separate Window?

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                      3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      • Redraw errors with lables while browsing through records in forms

                        Since Access 2007 there is an annoying effect regarding label texts while you are browsing through records in data driven forms. Every time you do so, some of the labels (seemingly not all of them) are redrawn with a minimal offset to their original position without removing the old pixels. This results in making the label texts bolder and bolder - very annoying!

                        There is a similar effect with command buttons using advanced formats (styles).

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                        • Include "hide control" feature Continuous Forms

                          Currently on Continuous Forms, the developer can enable/disable, along with a few other functionality items relating to conditional formatting. At the moment, there is no "hide/unhide" feature to allow developers to display or not display controls based upon values of a particular row of data. There are ways to do it, but only in a very convoluted way, and very confusing when having to manage the code. Please include this functionality for continuous forms!

                          17 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Text Boxes Should Have Visible Spell Checking

                            This should be an option for text boxes to have spell checking highlight words that aren't in the dictionary. Similar to Word or filling out text boxes in web browsers, the visible indicator of typos is important. Running F7 to launch the spell checker afterwards is not the same or as helpful.

                            35 votes
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                            • Modify form and report designer to allow use to add (sub) sections (detail/group/header/footers)

                              I would find the ability to add additional sections would give greater design capability. Similar functionality to that provided in Crystal Reports.

                              3 votes
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                              • Deal with sleep mode properly for tablet environments

                                When a tablet or PC goes into sleep mode any active form looses its connection to the database backend (I am using SQL Server). This is very annoying in tablet environments where the PC is frequently switched to sleep mode. Make it so that Access can detect a reawaken from sleep and refresh the connection automatically rather than leave an error so that the user doesn't have to log off and reload the screen.

                                20 votes
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                                • Allow developer to put animations like gif images or flash

                                  Review the shockwave flash object and put a animated gif component.
                                  An example for usage:
                                  a) We can use little flash animations in splash screens
                                  b) Animated gifs could be an option instead of progressbars (like the "loading" icons we see on web pages)

                                  We do have a shockwave flash component - but at least here I can't make it work in Access 2013). The gif idea came from a customer.

                                  8 votes
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                                  • Macroes vs VBA in Button Wizard

                                    When using the Button wizard MS Access creates macroes as default. This should be an option if you prefeer macroes or vb as the event code.

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                                      9 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Can we have a Separate Time Picker Control

                                      Often Date and Time are stored separately. To ensure the correct time is entered one has to write a fair bit of code to determine 24 hour time or AM/PM are entered correctly. A Time picker would have two Combo boxes, one for hours and one for minutes -and even show the time on a dial.

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                                      • Improve the built in Date Picker

                                        Currently the built in date picker is useful only with inputting recent dates. Since you can only navigate month by month if the user needs to enter a date more than a few months away, it can be cumbersome to navigate.

                                        The Date picker should allow the user to select a month and year to choose the date from.

                                        Also it would be nice if one could add a time picker to a DateTime control. Either along with the date picker or instead of it.

                                        The limited usage of the current date picker forces developers to use other solutions when…

                                        36 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Create a customizable validator for textbox

                                          Access has a field validator in table designer.

                                          But in forms would be good to have, for example, predefined (and customizable) validators, like e-mail, directly on textboxes. And, instead of a message box, we can paint the control and show a tooltip with error.

                                          For reference, take a look at section "validator" in Bootstrap or Material design.

                                          Thanks!

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