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  1. 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 →
    • 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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        2 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  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…

        30 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Document the LoadFromText and SaveAsText methods

          There are two undocumented methods, SaveAsText and LoadFromText, which were originally used for the old SCC integration. Since Access 2013, the source code integration has been removed and we now rely on third party tools (e.g. OASIS-SVN or Ivercy being example). It is my understanding those still rely on the undocumented methods. This request is to ask that Access team document those methods and thus make it supported so that those tools can continue to count on it being available and provide a solution for source code without taking any resources from Microsoft.

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            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • VBA Updates

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            VBA Native line numbering
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            Adding line numbers is something that is a pet peeve. Line numbers should be Native and error trappable by default without having to add them manually.

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            VBA Accessible Call Stack
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            A way to read from the call stack, function/sub names in order accessed, times accessed...etc

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            VBA Custom Toolbars to allow custom Macro/Function Calls
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            If I could add my ow custom functions as a toolbar button and have my toolbar exportable and importable for others to use. As opposed to a full Add-In.

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            VBA button and/or right click to open…

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              2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • New Property, Filter for Combo Box

              Scenario: Product Obsolete.
              if product is marked as obsolete then we do not want it to appear on the combo drop down list but still must be visible to display historic data.

              The Hack involves hiding a second drop down behind the first with a different rowsource, on click of the first we swap focus to the rear dropdown which then retrieves the required value without effecting the bound tables historical data.

              Can you apply a filter to a combo box, on focus, for addition of records.

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                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Be able to comment out multiple lines of code at a time

                Similar to visual studio, be able to highlight multiple lines of code at a time and comment them out. Or do the reverse and be able to highlight multiple rows and uncomment them.

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                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Action Query: List specific records/columns that violate index or validation

                  When running an action query, if records will be 'excluded' due to index or validation, give clear info as to what records & columns are causing the issue.

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                    1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow large lists to be uploaded to sharepoint onlibe

                    If you have an access table with a lot of rows and try to upload it to office 365 it fails.
                    I opened a support ticket on this RE: [REG:118021617660398]

                    Kathy Swallow <kswallow@microsoft.com> suggested I open a ticket here.

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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • access 2016 crosstab

                      Crosstables should never have been removed.
                      It just doesn't make sense to have to export the data to Excel and if the data changes, we need to export again.
                      Please bring it back

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                        2 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • If Microsoft plans to increase the Sales of MS-Access, please have a MAC Version created

                        Hello Team,
                        The Standard Version of Office runs really cool without any doubt on a MAC. But there are millions of MAC users who don't use MAC for Graphics or Animation development but instead look at it as a Stable Machine that can run MS-OFFICE...(Wink).
                        The real crux in the MAC Office version is MS-Access which when integrated with Outlook is a perfect combination. But the sad part is its missing and only you can make it happen.
                        There are Millions of Applications out there which should be running on a MAC which really aren't cause there is no MAC…

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                          1 comment  ·  Product Marketing  ·  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 →
                          • Please provide a tool to create self adjusting boxes in a Report. E.g: Invoice and Quotation type of reports

                            Hello Team,
                            We develop CRM applications which has one major function of creating OFFERS/QUOTATIONS & Invoices which are emailed directly to a customer.
                            As you are aware such type of a report is directly based on a Master/Detail table format. We need a tool in the report to create self adjusting boxes for the details section of the report. So as the list of products increment in the details section the box automatically justifies itself without losing its look n feel. Please also be aware that I'm not speaking of the "Arrange" menu which gets activated in the Reports Layout…

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                              1 comment  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • MS Access

                              I would like to have a cloud version of MS Access and really need it for my business could you please indicate a timeframe ?

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                                1 comment  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • How to Hide Feedback, New and Save As in Backstage

                                Hi Everyone, I noticed that there are some people struggling to hide some features of the backstage. This works fine for me, Here the code! Enjoy!
                                <backstage>
                                <button idMso="FileSave" visible="false"/>
                                <tab idMso="TabSave" visible="false"/>
                                <tab idMso="TabOfficeStart" visible="false"/>
                                <tab idMso="TabOfficeFeedback" visible="false"/>
                                <button idMso="FileCloseDatabase" visible="false"/>
                                <tab idMso ="TabInfo" visible="false"/>
                                <tab idMso ="TabRecent" visible="false"/>
                                <tab idMso ="TabPrint" visible="false"/>
                                <tab idMso ="TabHelp" visible="false"/>
                                <button idMso="ApplicationOptionsDialog" visible="false"/>
                                </backstage>

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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Link events to an Outlook shared calendar

                                  It would be nice to be able to export all the events in the events database to a O365 shared calendar to the specific dates within the database through an export button. This would help me a lot with planning and not having to share the database with anyone so that I can prevent contamination to the data. Please consider. I thank you for your time. Have an awesome day.

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                                  • Macro designer is out of order

                                    When dragging multiple items from the navigation pane onto the macro designer window they are not inserted in the same order as they appear on the navigation pane.

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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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                                        0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add Aggregate UDF type to VBA

                                        Currently writing a UDF to operate on a single record when placed in the formula for the field definition is easy; however there is no way to write a UDF that shows up in the aggregate 'Total' drop down box of a group by query. An example usage would be making a 'JoinASC' UDF which would concatenate all of the aggregated data of the grouped records for the field it was applied to.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Th error "Your network access was interrupted. To continue, close the database, and the open it again." needs to be made MUCH smarter.

                                          When working on a database opened from LOCAL storage, network events like undocking and re-docking a laptop may trigger this error because an ODBC-connected resource was ALSO open (like a linked table in datasheet view). other open objects, like an open querydef which is NOT open in a network-attached connection to an ODBC resource now CANNOT be saved because Access will throw the above error message endlessly - and in this case, senselessly.

                                          The above error should only be thrown when Access cannot successfully re-attach to or reopen a failed network connection or resource. (I am obviously not counting circumstances…

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