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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  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…

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        5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please provide us a utility to create Mobile Apps using MS-Access (Specially for Mobile development)

        Hello Team,
        A mobile app developed using MS-Access itself can help in creating Apps which can be used by a Sales Team which is performing marketing activities in remote locations.
        The mobile app can help the Sales person record the customers enquiry (Very minimum fields) and on a push of a button have it flushed to the Corporate CRM database.
        I'm asking for a Small Mobile App development tool which can help MS-Access run on any mobile (I'm speaking of a very very light version).
        This will not only make MS-Access a versatile product but millions of mobile app developers…

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          0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • add the data file/table name being imported on saved imports.

          I have some saved imports that pull in multiple tables from our ERP system. I believe it would be informative to know which "step" in the import is active by showing the table name on the status bar. Right now it shows "Importing. Press and hold ESC to stop." Expanding that to "Importing table xxxxxxxx - Press and hold ESC to stop."

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          • When I set the form recordset to an ADODB recordset, things no longer work the same as when I just use a linked table.

            Fix Access so using an ADODB recordset works the same as a linked backend table

            When I set the form recordset to an ADODB recordset, things no longer work the same as when I just use a linked table.

            For example, a Subdatasheet no longer uses the "Link Master Fields" and "Link Child Fields" form properties.

            When the end user tries to use the autofilters, they just get an error message.

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            • VISIO

              Improve the interactive data-exchange between ACCESS and VISIO.

              A visio worksheet should be integrable into a form like a chart, and the data of selected shapes could be made available as a single record.

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              • External Data Import Text File: add Regex field definitions

                when importing data from a text file allow a field to be defined by a regular expression.

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                • Link to Outlook WebApp contacts folder

                  Create a link to Outlook WebApp contacts folder.
                  The connector already existing depends on an Outlook PC/MAC version to get the data from. I suggest creating a connector directly to the contact's server folder.
                  That way it would be possible to edit easily a list of Outlook WebApp contacts in Access.

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                  • convert MDE TO MDB

                    How Can I Convert MDE To MDB Wth VBA , If Unlock Possible?!!! Or Export Forms Or Reports To New Application

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                      1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • SQL Server - Linked Tables: Add discription to field names in development mode.

                      In MS Access its easy to add descriptions to fields in table editor. These descriptions are neither taken over when using ssma nor are they brought back to Access when already existing in sql server.

                      I've written a vba-script that creates an T_SQL script to create all field descriptions of a table. But even if descriptions exists they are not reshown in the linked table.

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

                        Thanks for posting.

                        We are designing on a new Linked Table Manager dialog, incorporating suggestions and requests made in UserVoice and other forums.

                        Stay tuned.

                        Regards,
                        The Access Team

                      • Create ACE Engine Redistributable for Access 2016!

                        Since Office Click-to-Run Installs can result in the ODBC / OLE-DB Drivers for ACE NOT being visible to the system outside of the VDI install environment, we need a CURRENT version of the ACE engine redistributable package (the last one being from Access 2010 - 6 YEARS AGO!)

                        For more info see: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2874601

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                          3 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Import/export specs edit feature

                          Currently, the developer needs to go through the process of importing a file into a database in order to create or edit an import/export spec in the MSysIMEXSpecs table. True, the MSysIMEXColumns can be edited directly in the table, but overall, the process is not very user friendly. There needs to be functionality to create/edit import/export specs without have to pretend that one is importing an external file.

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                            3 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add the ability to import selected VBA references in the Import Objects dialog

                            A frequent task in Access is to import some or all database objects from an existing database into a blank new database. After that, we must painstakingly set all non-standard VBA references in the new database the same way as in the old one.
                            It would be nice if we could specify in the Import Objects dialog which references should be copied from the existing database into the new one.

                            15 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Linked Table Manager -- skip tables with errors

                              in the Linked Table Manager, skip tables with errors and continue linking with all in the list -- leave the problem tables checked and uncheck the tables that were successfully linked.

                              At the request of Microsoft, I am creating a new suggestion to separate the multiple ideas from the suggestion here:

                              http://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop/suggestions/10129782-linked-table-options?tracking_code=2f58832dad1aa8b9e83d9230087106c8

                              so if you voted on that one, remove your vote and vote for this instead, if this is what you want. Thank you

                              74 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Linked Table Manager -- SIZEABLE Dialog Box

                                Access 2016 has a wider dialog box for the Linked Table Manager, but it would be even nicer if this dialog box was sizeable -- and even better if the size can be remembered!

                                At the request of Microsoft, I am creating a new suggestion to separate the multiple ideas from the suggestion here:

                                http://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop/suggestions/10129782-linked-table-options?tracking_code=2f58832dad1aa8b9e83d9230087106c8

                                so if you voted on that one, remove your vote and vote for this instead, if this is what you want.

                                Also posted:
                                LinkedTable Manager -- skip tables with errors

                                Thank you

                                69 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Attach SQL tables without "dbo_" or give the option to do so

                                  It would be more intuitive to link sql tables WITHOUT the owner prefix.

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                                    2 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • ODBC errors need to return more information error 3146 does not provide enough detail

                                    Perhaps an error.description2 property which we can reference which stores the error returned from SQL about the true problem. Right now it is very difficult to trouble shoot.

                                    Thanks.

                                    11 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Fix the TransferDatabase command so that it exports tables to Oracle properly.

                                      When I try to export an Access table into an Oracle database it doesn't retain the input field formats. Everything is converted into a string and the indices are lost. I've contacted Microsoft about this before but got no meaningful response, presumably for petty proprietary reasons.

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