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  1. Microsoft Power App Instructions -- need detail in the form of published books

    Microsoft Power App Instructions -- need detail in the form of published books

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    • Bring back support to connect to DBASE in desktop Access 2016

      We recently updated our desktop Office programs from 2007 to 2016 Professional Plus. I just went to open a database and run several queries and got an ISAM error. When searching the web I found the post from here about MS bringing back support for connecting to dBASE in Office 365 only. First, it made no sense to remove it and second, why would MS only bring it back for 365? Why would MS remove this capability in the first place? Has MS committed to bringing it back and, if so, when will it be available? I now have to…

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      • Make the borders larger around tables in query design view. Was easier to change the size of tables seen in design view in earlier versions

        Increase the width of borders around the tables seen in query design view. Earlier versions of Access (2007, 2003) had wider borders around the tables in query design view and it was easier to change the size of the table. Clicking and dragging the border to change the size of the table is much easier when the border is wider because the mouse pointer doesn't have to be in such a precise location.

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        • There is a spelling error in Microsoft Access Expression Builder

          There is a spelling error in Microsoft Access Expression Builder. It is in the descriptions of DLast and DFirst. It reads "Return a random record from a particualr field in a table or query when you simply need any value from that field." The word particular is spelt wrong in your description of DLast and DFirst.

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          • Include Access runtime in editions of Office which have click-to-run which stops installation of most up-to-date version of runtime.

            When a PC has an edition of Office 365 installed which does not have the full edition of Access included, e.g. all the Business editions and the basic E1 enterprise edition, it is not possible to install the current version of the runtime as well since the Access runtime is an MSI installation and Office 365 is click-to-run. See https://blogs.office.com/2015/12/16/access-2016-runtime-is-now-available-for-download/ for more details.
            If Microsoft do any serious development on Access (let's call it Access 2019), it means we cannot install the Access 2019 runtime and will be stuck with the Access 2016 runtime (or earlier), thereby missing out on…

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              13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              • Bring back wide borders in the Relationship and Query Design windows

                The skinny borders in the Relationship and Query Design windows mean it now takes ages to resize the tables because you need to be pixel-perfect to grab the edges. Please make them big again

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                • Make it easier to select edges of controls/boxes for re-sizing

                  When selecting control edges such as in Query Design when re-sizing the table/query boxes, make it easier to select the edge. Right now, I need precision movements to get the mouse to select the edge to re-size the box. This applies to almost every instance of selecting a control or box within Access.

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                  • Bring back the support for connecting to dBASE.

                    Access has always been about connecting to other data sources. Excel can still connect to dBASE files, but support for Access to connect was dropped. You can see from all the chatter, that there really is a lot of people that still use dBASE files for data transfer.

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                      106 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix The Runtime Versions Of Access 2010 And Above To Not Show The Home Tab At Startup

                      When Access 2007 Runtime opens a password protected database the only thing on the Ribbon is the Access button (Backstage) while the user is prompted for the password.

                      When Access 2010 and above Runtime opens a password protected database the Home tab is shown in addition to the File (Backstage) button while the user is prompted for the password.

                      We have an application where the custom Ribbon only contains the File button for printing. It is confusing to the user to see the Home tab while entering the database password.

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                      • Make it easier to resize the tables in the query designer

                        I have a Surface Pro 4 and using the trackpad to grab the lower right corner of the tables is nearly impossible. It is like there is only one pixel where it will work.

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                        • DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputReport, , acFormatPDF..." crashes after 10 minutes (Access 2016)

                          Create PDF in accdb is no problem.

                          Create PDF in accde or accdr crashes after 10 minutes or sporadic
                          only with Access 2016 (with 2007, 2010, 2013 everything is fine)

                          33 votes
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                            13 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Have custom application icon appear on taskbar in Access 2016

                            Seems more like a bug - Other versions OK but a custom icon doesn't show in the taskbar in Access 2016.

                            34 votes
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                              Done!  ·  14 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Bring back Database Templates on office.com

                              It would be sometimes useful, to start new Databases from a template. Scince Access 2013 there are no templates avaiable on https://templates.office.com/

                              Please bring back the Database templates on your central Office.com hub, especially the well known Northwind Database!

                              11 votes
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                              • Include Access Desktop In All O365 Subscription Plans

                                This idea was previously posted by me and it was closed. It's a very important idea in a product marketing sense. Ironically, NONE of the O365 Business plans include Access!

                                http://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop/suggestions/10742154-include-access-desktop-in-all-o365-subscription-pl?tracking_code=f8f1f2184a6391cc667cc201c1286020

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                                  7 comments  ·  Product Marketing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix bug in Access2016 Relationship window that shows table boarders as a single pixel line!

                                  This makes it very very slow to set up a complex relationship screen as tables are very hard to resize...

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                                  • access help

                                    PLEASE give us back Access Help like it used to be in Access 2003!

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                                      11 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      The Help system is actually a shared piece of engineering owned by a different team and surfaced within all of the Office applications. As such, this isn’t really an action item that the Access development team can take in isolation of the existing Office system.
                                      We have passed on this feedback to the right team for their consideration. They did ask us to forward on the following information to you:
                                      You can download an Access 2016 VBA CHM file on GitHub for offline use. You can find it here:
                                      https://github.com/OfficeDev/VBA-content/blob/master/README.md

                                      You can find 2013 version of VBA documentation here:
                                      https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40326

                                    • Include the ability to connect to new data sources such as those listed in POWER BI

                                      New external data sources are growing rapidly and it would be useful to keep up-to-date and have ACCESS include these new types.

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

                                        In the past 6 months we introduced 2 new modern data connectors to Access – Microsoft Dynamics and SalesForce (https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Access-Blog/Introducing-New-Connectors-in-Access-Microsoft-Dynamics-and/ba-p/100015)

                                        We recognize that one of Access’ core strengths is the ability to connect to external data sources, and making investments to further expand the already available rich portfolio of external data sources.

                                        If there are specific data sources that are interesting to you, please create a separate suggestion for them.

                                        Michal [MSFT]

                                      • Fix the image issue with 2016 where they don't appear?

                                        Fix the current issue with images not displaying in forms/reports in Access 2016. Fix the issue of copying controls with images not working.

                                        Fix your bugs before tackling new projects/features.

                                        70 votes
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                                          14 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Property Sheet Line Items Sort

                                          I find it hard to find properties that I know exist but do not remember their order. Why can we not have a sort option on the properties?

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