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  1. 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 →
  2. 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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    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 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

    90 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Product Marketing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. WORK.WINDOW.BACKGROUND.COLOR= BLACK

    i use
    ACC.OPTIONS.GENERAL.OFFICE THEME =.......DARK GRAY
    Why is MainWindow (Child Class = "MDIClient").....WHITE ?
    On Dark theme .............i want BLACK BACKGROUND.COLOR

    10 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. linked Table manager

    opportunity to align the window tables, homogenize the width like objects in PowerPoint.
    Group the table header with links
    Easy printing on multiples pages

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    A new and improved Linked Table Manager is available to O365 subscribers starting version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

    Please continue to provide feedback and help us improve it further.

    Access Engineering

  6. 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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    Done!  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. access help

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

    9 votes
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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

  8. 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.

    26 votes
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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]

  9. 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 →
  10. 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

    80 votes
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    6 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    A new and improved Linked Table Manager is available to O365 subscribers starting version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

    Please continue to provide feedback and help us improve it further.

    Access Engineering

  11. 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 →

    A new and improved Linked Table Manager is available to O365 subscribers starting version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

    Please continue to provide feedback and help us improve it further.

    Access Engineering

  12. 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?

    13 votes
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    Done!  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Please, please hurry and release the 2016 runtime

    So many of us publish Access desktop applications for needy users that cannot afford to buy Office products; without the 2016 runtime available to us those needy users must do without. Please help us.

    4 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Shift F2 Zoom Box

    This Shift F2 trick is useful in a number of places: In QBE grid, in Properties sheet, in forms, etc.
    (a) My eternal aggravation is it is pokey in size. Let us control size; when we re-size it, please have MS Access remember the new size.
    (b) Oh please, oh please, make it remember the font and font size we pick to display its data. You will make us older folks HAPPY.

    9 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Gracefully handle ODBC connection lost failure

    Today, when a ODBC connection is lost, we get:
    (For SQL server)
    A SQL server login screen which (in my opinion) the user should never see in the first place. He has no idea what to with it.
    When/if he cancels, he gets an ugly error message.

    We need to be able to:
    A) Handle that failure gracefully WITHOUT showing the login screen.
    A++) Be able to reconnect without having to restart the application.

    198 votes
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    38 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Please make Access able to handle more data types as are commonly used in Server databases

    For example Access cannot handle BigInt in linked tables. This has been in use in SQL Server for many years, but Access can't handle them in linked tables.

    125 votes
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    31 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    (Apologies for the irrelevant emailed response earlier)

    Not too long ago we added support for Large Number (Big Int) – https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/03/06/new-in-access-2016-large-number-bigint-support/

    We reviewed all the suggestions below and took note of them. I’m going to mark this topic as Done so you can your votes back.
    If you’d like to ask for additional data type support, please create new suggestion (one for each).

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  17. Provide a modern Chart control

    Please, give us the Chart control, at least, like Excel has. It's impossible to build an interactive dashboard in Access because of lack of functionality and Win95 look. For example, out-of-the-box BoxPlot chart in Excel 2016 is awesome. Why not Access? Or even interactive functionality like PowerView has.

    57 votes
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  18. 4 votes
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