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  1. 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.

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  3. query results: duplicate field highlighting

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

    2 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Allow developer to put animations like gif images or flash

    Review the shockwave flash object and put a animated gif component.
    An example for usage:
    a) We can use little flash animations in splash screens
    b) Animated gifs could be an option instead of progressbars (like the "loading" icons we see on web pages)

    We do have a shockwave flash component - but at least here I can't make it work in Access 2013). The gif idea came from a customer.

    10 votes
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  17. Add a VBA method to the Navigation Pane so the Search Bar text can be cleared or set

    I have developed a few Access Add-ins that I use to extend the development environment (like a Navigation Pane replacement with features like Access 2003). I'm able to use VBA to select an object on the Navigation Pane, but only if it's visible in the current Search filter. I'd like you to add a method to the Navigation Pane so I can clear the Search Bar, or even better allow me to set the value. Does adding a method like this cause a lot of heartache for the Access team?

    4 votes
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  18. Bring back a basic security option urgently

    Since 2007 they left out the possibility to secure your database in a customized way.
    I still can't believe it! Anyhow, personally i don't need the entire workgroup system on user level of the past. But I (we?) need urgently something that prevent that some one can change what I have built! Just a simple setting "allow design/changes" YES or NO. (And of course an administrator right to change this setting.) This setting must include the database properties so that for instance setting of the AllowbypassKey cannot be changed.

    A simple direct quit/close on your database if someone tries to…

    9 votes
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  19. Modify form and report designer to allow use to add (sub) sections (detail/group/header/footers)

    I would find the ability to add additional sections would give greater design capability. Similar functionality to that provided in Crystal Reports.

    3 votes
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  20. Put a button on all Reports to allow them to be closed

    The button should be at the top and not be visible on the printed report.

    Users are perplexed when there is no obvious way to close a Report in Print Preview. The Ribbon may not be visible and users may not realise they can Right Click to show the Context Menu.

    9 votes
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