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  1. Find what's calling "Enter Parameter Value"

    When Access asks for a parameter, it's usually a bug (because something got renamed, for example). All too often, I have no idea which control is asking for the value, so I have to manually look into the source objects of every dropdown, sub control, etc. It's a HUGE pain in the neck for maintaining large forms.

    Can we get some kind of Dev mode that would add another button to the "Enter Parameter Value" that when clicked, would show us the specific control(s) calling for the value? That would be so helpful!

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  2. Improve the facility to group tables under its parent database in the Linked Table Manager form

    I have more than 10 Backend ACCDB's connecting to a single Front-end ACCDB. In such a scenario it becomes very difficult to identify which tables are linked to which database.
    I would like to request the Access team to Group all tables to the ACCDB from where they are being linked to. This way its easy to identify and relink only the required tables and jump directly to its parent database.
    Thank you in advance.

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  3. Translucent form

    Translucent forms looks much better than a usual form.
    If possible please try to add a method to create a translucent form in access.

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  4. Access Student db could have a function for managing student grades as well

    Access Student db could have a function for managing student grades as well. Will be fantastic for people like me who manage grades on Excel sheets. Thank you.

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  5. Fix the form design ribbon (Access 2016 /365)

    The Form Design Ribbon does not work unless it is 'pinned', when unpinned, cant add a control to the form.

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  6. A bug? Why promted to save all Subforms when just moving the splitter bar on Main

    I have a MainForm - Split form with datasheet on Right. Each time the user changes the width of the datasheet and thereafter Close the form, he/she is prompted to save not only the change of the MainForm - all Suforms has to be saved too-

    I want to turn off the promted savings of Subforms

    Please see what witten on MSDN:
    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/9b5b0533-525b-44b0-b657-f2c715fb5040/why-must-all-subforms-be-saved-again-and-again-when-i-just-adjusting-the-split-on-the-mainform?forum=accessdev

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  7. Why does the "w" not work in DateDiff() ...

    Many folks misunderstand the "w" interval setting used in the DateDiff() expression. The MS Access help file indicates that this interval is for "Weekdays". To some the term "Weekdays" means "Workdays" (ie: Monday through Friday), thus the confusion and claim that the "w" interval does not work. But the term "Weekdays" (thus the interval "w") means an indicated day of the week.
    o ... with an expression like:
    DateDiff("w", #4/1/2008#, #4/30/2008#)
    The returned result is 4. Access looks at the start date of the indicated span and determines the day of the week the start date falls on, which is…

    2 votes
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  8. Auto Correct (2 Issues)

    Please consider disabling “Name AutoCorrect” and “object dependency information” (Objektnamen-Autokorrektur) by default. It does more harm than good.
    - Assistants and Database Parts should not “correct” existing forms. Although I have disabled Name AutoCorrect, I’ve had this issue recently.

    Please consider setting the “AllowAutoCorrect” property for text- and combo box-controls to false by default. Many kinds of input fields like Names (of people, places) don’t benefit.

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  9. Add a ListView control as an alternative to the ListBox.

    Add a ListView control like the one in Dynamics AX. The control should NOT HAVE master/child field linking. Only needs an after-update event that triggers when the user clicks on a row, just like a ListBox.

    Access ListBox is frequently used for form navigation. It’s easy to implement but has several serious drawbacks.

    Its worst drawback is the form blinking that occurs when the AfterUpdate event is triggered. This makes your form functionality unprofessional.

    Other drawbacks: It’s static, user can’t adjust column width or row height. Can’t be filtered or copied from.

    The current work around is to use a…

    11 votes
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  10. Allow custom controls and a gallery

    Due to wide variance among different industries, I think Access is best benefited if users are enabled to author and share custom data-bindable controls. That would enable industries to build controls customized to their particular need, and hopefully share with one other, making it easier to develop with Access even for those who don't have the programming expertise to author it themselves. Look at PowerBI gallery as an example of how this can be a success story for Access.

    24 votes
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  11. Have the Search box in the Navigation Bar autoexpand when used

    The Search box in the Navigation Bar at the bottom of forms is a pretty small area -- sometimes tiny, depending on the size of the form. And if you use a Navigation Caption, it's even smaller still.

    When the user clicks in the Search box, it should auto-expand, making the scroll bars next to it temporarily shorter and the Search box longer, until the user is done with the search. Then it can go back to normal.

    Alternatively, it could be replaced with a small pop-up that appears when the user clicks in it. But just increasing the size…

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  12. Expose method to get row under cursor

    In a continous form, if you click an image, the focus does not change to the row in which the image is placed, unlike when you click e.g. a textbox. Obviously Access must have a method of identifying the current row as well as moving focus to that row. Please expose these methods to the VBA environment and the developer.

    Initially I would like to just use this for e.g. images, but it would be nice if it was possible to get the current row during mouse-over as well, to allow for better context sensitive displays.

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  13. Dedicated Lookup Control

    Just like a combo but without a drop down button and does not allow editing. It would be bound to a FK but display a selected column from the related table but not be editable and would not have a drop down button.

    This would save having to add related tables to a form's record source when you only want to display a column. And you definitely don't want to allow the user to modify it.

    An example would be on a continuous form bound to tblInvoice, The control is bound to tblInvoice.CustomerID but displays tblCustomer.CustomerName.

    This could possibly be…

    3 votes
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  14. Fix rendering of VBA UserForms with Parent controls (eg. Frames) in Access 2003+ file formats

    The Access 2000 mdb format supports VBA UserForms with normal and parent controls, but all database formats beyond Access 2003 (ACCDB) only render UserForms that do not include Parent controls.

    Being able to reuse UserForms across VBA hosts is a very useful way of reusing code and User Interfaces, but a runtime error (Error 75) occurs when trying to render a UserForm in an ACCDB database format, when there is a Parent control (such as a Frame or MultiPage control) present.

    Parent controls enable rich functionality and more intuitive UI, but Access fails to render the forms, with an error…

    24 votes
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  15. Left Justify Caption in Form Title Bar

    In Access 2007 all form title bar captions are left justified so that when you minimize them you get some idea as to which form you are dealing with. Example would be Caption = "Main Menu" when minimized it would show "M...".
    With Access 2016 the caption is kind of center justified so when you minimize it shows nothing???

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  16. 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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  17. POSSIBILITY TO ADD SEGMENTS LIKE EXCEL IN A FORM

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

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  18. 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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  19. 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.

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