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  1. Spellchecker in Runtime Version

    The point of Runtime is to allow developers to develop complete database solutions for users.
    When we have added Spellcheck features that work well in the Standard Version, it is frustrating and defeats the purpose of Runtime when it doesn't work for the user where it is really needed.

    11 votes
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    Auto-management for multiples externals images (by record)

    Previous Next Second, Add, Delete

    5 votes
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  3. Enable Password Decryption using a different Password

    Users having the ability to Decrypt the Database is a huge security liability. Unencrypted databases enable Remote Queries which are very simple to create. Even the System Tables can be access by Remote Queries from another database.

    4 votes
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  4. When a datasheet is filtered, the download button should respect the filter.

    If a user has selected the rows that they are interested in by means of the filters on the datasheet they will expect that the download will deliver a spreadsheet with those rows. Instead they are getting the full list of records and must repeat the filter in excel.

    4 votes
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  5. hypertext

    Auto-management for multiples externals hypertexts (by record)
    For multi linked documents (PDF) or multi mail by record

    Previous Next Second, Add, Delete

    3 votes
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  6. Implement Huron project which synchronized local database copies with a SQL database in the cloud

    Many years ago the Huron Project was pulled just as it was about to go to beta. Basically it kept local Access databases in sync with a SQL database master but in a way that was largely transparent to the user. In Western Australia connectivity is an issue so the ability to work offline is essential.

    5 votes
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  7. 1 vote
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  8. query results: duplicate field highlighting

    Add conditional formatting for query results such as duplicate field highlighting (like Excel).

    2 votes
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  9. Would like the Return filter drop down under query design to have more options

    Currently under query design you can use the drop down to return All, or top 5, top 5%, etc. What about return distinct or top n or bottom n or top n %... etc. ?

    2 votes
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  10. Make Access fully MDI

    Although the UI of MS Access has been modernised with Office Fluent Ribbon, Access is not fully MDI - all the displayed objects - forms, tables etc.. still display within the current window. How about keeping up with Word and Excel programs, have the option for each object to display in a separate Window?

    6 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Make Access an SDI program

    I mis-wrote yesterday. What I propose is that Access offer an SDI user interface - Forms etc.. don't have to be modal and display in separate windows. Word and Excel have been upgraded to that mode of display, why not Access.

    6 votes
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  12. Fix query engine issue.

    The sub query, (SELECT Min(Year) FROM tblInsuredInformation AS i1 WHERE i1.RecordID = tblInsuredInformation.RecordID) AS [First Year], in the query below returns various year values that make sense for the data in the database.

    The problem is that tblInsuredInformation doesn't have a Year field. It does have a FirstYear field.

    tblPRFPolicies does have a Year field but I have verified that the calculated FirstYear column is not returning either tblInsuredInformation.Year or tblPRFPolicies.FirstYear. It could be returning Year in some records and FirstYear in other records.

    If just SELECT Min(Year) FROM tblInsuredInformation is run, MS Access prompts for the value of Year,…

    2 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Add the ability to import selected VBA references in the Import Objects dialog

    A frequent task in Access is to import some or all database objects from an existing database into a blank new database. After that, we must painstakingly set all non-standard VBA references in the new database the same way as in the old one.
    It would be nice if we could specify in the Import Objects dialog which references should be copied from the existing database into the new one.

    17 votes
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  14. 1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Redraw errors with lables while browsing through records in forms

    Since Access 2007 there is an annoying effect regarding label texts while you are browsing through records in data driven forms. Every time you do so, some of the labels (seemingly not all of them) are redrawn with a minimal offset to their original position without removing the old pixels. This results in making the label texts bolder and bolder - very annoying!

    There is a similar effect with command buttons using advanced formats (styles).

    7 votes
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  16. Create APIs for existing email methods and other "canned" wizards

    The existing email mechanics for sending emails to create/update data are nifty, but problematic.

    1) they are so limited in terms of automatically enabling complex data handling and customized business rules - especially if attempting to inter-operate with other enterprise-level systems, like SAP or Dynamics as the final data repository. For example... wanting email approval of a work order or PO...the updates to the enterprise systems will require significant coding and implementation of business rules specific to the organization, but the email handling itself is relatively trivial.

    2) the lack of ANY API accessibility in the email send/reply process, especially…

    8 votes
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  17. VBA addition of conditional formatting, past the previously built in limit of 3

    The limit of three conditional formats seems to be stuck in VBA in access 2010 onwards (perhaps 2007 onwards), even though, via the graphical interface, we can add many more than 3 conditional formats now.
    Can this be fixed?

    2 votes
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  18. Deal with sleep mode properly for tablet environments

    When a tablet or PC goes into sleep mode any active form looses its connection to the database backend (I am using SQL Server). This is very annoying in tablet environments where the PC is frequently switched to sleep mode. Make it so that Access can detect a reawaken from sleep and refresh the connection automatically rather than leave an error so that the user doesn't have to log off and reload the screen.

    27 votes
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  19. Access Query Designer - fix/enhance behavior of layout window

    When a query opens in MS Access designer, quite often the window (query designer form) needs to be re-sized to be larger. When I drag the bottom of the window down, PLEASE keep the results fields selected "portion" (sub-form) the same size! This will result in the top area being enlarged, which gives me more room to view the contents lists of the objects selected (most often they are tables).
    Wouldn't it be phenomenal if the table lists would also automatically extend vertically?
    I spend a lot of time resizing my query designer windows. (e.g. please automatically enlarge the top…

    7 votes
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  20. When previewing a report enable touch screen scrolling…similar to scrolling through a PDF on a touch screen.

    When previewing a report enable touch screen scrolling…similar to scrolling through a PDF on a touch screen.

    2 votes
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