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  1. 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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  2. 64 bit version of mscomctl.ocx.

    I support an application with over 90K registered users for a international logistics company (the guys with the brown trucks). We can not support the 64 bit version of Office Access because there is no 64 bit version of this library. Converting the Tree Views to use .Net would be cost prohibitive.

    24 votes
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  3. 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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  5. 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

    38 votes
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  6. 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 →
  7. 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.

    10 votes
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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 →
  12. 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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  13. 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

  14. 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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  15. 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

  16. 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]

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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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  20. 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.

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    4 comments  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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