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  1. Release an Office 2019 Access Runtime

    The Access Team previously stated that "Access is included in all Office 365 plans and Access 2016 Runtime click-to-run is also available for customers".
    This leaves a gap for anyone that has installed a lower version of Office 2019 that does not include Access. The Access 2016 runtime will not install as it is MSI, the Office 365 access runtime will not install as it clashes with Office 2019, which it insists you uninstall.
    We are having to tell our customers to not install Office 2019.
    So please can we have a runtime that plays nicely with Office 2019

    81 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Runtime  ·  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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        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Access database in an inconsistent state...Windows 10 1803 update

        Access database in an inconsistent state....since the release of Windows 10, 1803 our significant percentage of our 3500 customers have consistently lost connection to the back-end database and been forced to stop work during the day to repair their database. Only recently did we discover the leasing fix. In the meantime, our product reputation has been adversely affected. Please release a production update since many of the IT people have refused to make the lanmanserver registry entry and are waiting for the Windows update. HELLO MICROSOFT PLEASE HELP!!

        35 votes
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          1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  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.

          69 votes
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            5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              6 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  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).

              47 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • When a query fails due to data type mismatch - tell us what field in the error message.

                When a query fails due to data type mismatch or some other field specific error - tell us what field in the error message.

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                  0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  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 →
                  • Bug Report -- Application Crashing after update

                    We had this problem back in August with MSAccess 64 bit on Office 365 crashing after a windows update. Once again, the same issue: Access is crashing multiple times per day because of bugs introduced by Microsoft during the update process.

                    Faulting application name: MSACCESS.EXE, version: 16.0.11126.20196, time stamp: 0x5c2dc930
                    Faulting module name: OLEAUT32.dll, version: 10.0.17134.48, time stamp: 0xebd737a3
                    Exception code: 0xc0000005
                    Fault offset: 0x000000000008a06d
                    Faulting process id: 0x1180
                    Faulting application start time: 0x01d4ac28476e5591
                    Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Root\Office16\MSACCESS.EXE
                    Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\OLEAUT32.dll
                    Report Id: 5c83adec-0c56-4e22-b261-5d638b46b548
                    Faulting package full name:
                    Faulting package-relative application ID:

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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Would like to hear ideas from the Access Team via Surveys

                      We the Access developers and users have mostly provided good ideas in this forum, some which you have implemented, or are planning to.

                      Likewise, I would also like to hear about any ideas the Access Team may have via a posted survey so we can provide feedback. Please be more proactive in collaborating with us, we will provide valuable input.

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                        2 comments  ·  Product Marketing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add a TreeGrid Control

                        A TreeGrid control could be used in forms, or as just a Tree control. This should be a somewhat customizable look and feel.

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                          0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Limits are reached - if I open one more form: Error 3048: Cannot open any more databases

                          I have 2 reports and 1 form open. Each of theses has complex data sources (with many joins, subqueries...). If I open an fourth report - I get the error message.

                          I think the limits are to low. Please upgrade them.

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                            2 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Create a new Comprehensive Windows Installer for Access Applications.

                            Access needs a quick way to get a good solid installation of Back-end and Front-end databases including a registry edit for Trusted locations and versioning.
                            It should also include the ability to:
                            Add Icons,
                            Add Desktop and other shortcuts,
                            Allow user to accept an ELUA (End User License Agreement)
                            Run simple scripts,
                            Install with full windows trust. (maybe with a certificate?)
                            An uninstaller.
                            A check for updates function.
                            Install support files into specified folders.
                            Read simple system values and react accordingly (eg if 64bit systems then install 64 bit ODBC Driver)

                            Also it would be nice if it could notify…

                            68 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make the 'Compact and Repair Database' function automatic on saves

                              Access file sizes grow rapidly, even if there's no database in use. PC's are fast enough to do the Compact and Repair function with very little delay in saving files. At least make it an option in the Current Database settings.

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                                2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add UWP/Fluent Controls

                                The currently available controls look ancient (Think Windows 3.1). Why not add new controls that allow developers to match the look and feel of Windows 10?

                                4 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add an option to disable the 'Show Table' dialog when creating a new query

                                  It would be useful to be able to suppress the automatic display of the modal 'Show Table' dialog every time a new query is created.

                                  Currently I instinctively hit 'Esc' when creating a new query, knowing that this dialog will be displayed.

                                  I prefer to add tables/queries to my query by dragging them from the navigation bar.

                                  4 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Build an integration for Zapier

                                    https://zapier.com/apps/microsoft-access/integrations

                                    The above link has the option for a developer from the Access team to log in to the Developer Platform on Zapier to build an integration. Access is a vital part of running the backend of our law firm but we use a different platform for our frontend. It would be much quicker and more efficient if we were able to sync data from our frontend to our backend.

                                    3 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable Access to work with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

                                      There seems to be no way of allowing Access to link to an Azure SQL database where Azure Active Directory Multi-Factor Authentication has been enabled. This means that if an IT department switches on MFA Access can't connect to an Azure SQL database it can connect to where MFA has not been activated.

                                      If I have missed something, please tell me!

                                      2 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • SendObject with html template

                                        As Sendobject is the unique way to bypass warning security, when will MS fix the bug on docmd.sendobject with html template or provide a real exemple whom works with vba code.

                                        Does't work under office 2010, 2013, Office 365

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                                          1 comment  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable Access (and all VBA apps) to work with the new Microsoft Graph

                                          "Microsoft Graph is the gateway to data and intelligence in Microsoft 365. Microsoft Graph provides a unified programmability model that you can use to take advantage of the tremendous amount of data in Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10.
                                          You can use the Microsoft Graph API to build apps for organizations and consumers that interact with the data of millions of users. With Microsoft Graph, you can connect to a wealth of resources, relationships, and intelligence, all through a single endpoint: https://graph.microsoft.com."

                                          It seems that just about every language except VBA can be used to run…

                                          18 votes
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