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  1. Integrate MS Access with Power Apps

    I've been looking more into Power Apps, and I think it would be great for you to work with the Power Apps team to provide a web and mobile solution to what Access can do today on the premises of a server. Because there is unfortunately no web version of Access, maybe Power Apps can help solve this problem? Ideally, we should be able to continue moving (and linking) Access data into SQL and then create a Power App on top of the "Access-created" data from SQL; essentially viewing a Power Application that looks exactly like access but online and…

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

    This is great feedback that we are actually working on providing now. Using the comments below, we’d love to hear thoughts about solely focusing on SQL as a stepping stone to Power Apps for data migration purposes, or also investing in another way for you to connect to Power Apps through the Common Data Service (CDS). This database allows you to store, share and manage your data over the web, and eventually the phone (current MS investment). CDS is also Power Apps’ central underlying storage unit, as well as the entire Power Platform team’s key investment.
    Please see following link for information about CDS, and let us know: if Access created a data export & linked table capability from our platform to CDS, would you use it?:
    https://nam06.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fpowerapps%2Fmaker%2Fcommon-data-service%2Fdata-platform-intro&data=04%7C01%7CEbo.Quansah%40microsoft.com%7C32c26c86b7fe4f3162a508d7f069896d%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C637242208373640123%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C-1&sdata=GuvQ6o2aqKiBMs%2B1z2nvv0sNtAHNl8MPQqiOvsh0D1U%3D&reserved=0

    We will still continue to make investments in SQL connection either way, but we are also happy to…

  2. Generate barcodes

    Access needs a native control that accepts a string and outputs it as a barcode displayed on a Form or Report.
    The most commonly used barcodes these days are:
    Code 128
    Code 39
    DataMatrix
    PDF417
    QR Code
    etc

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcode

    reason for request: there is no easy way to generate barcodes, especially 2D ones with pure VBA without having to reference external OCX/DLL libraries.
    Office (Access, Word, Excel) needs a built in barcode control.

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    14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Piotr, and barcode supporters,

    It would be good to hear more about what you’d expect from a native barcode control -
    what formats are mostly used? what are other requirements for barcode support?

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  3. Coloured Tabs in Tabbed Forms

    The only way to make a tabbed form have a colour is to resort to some trick like using a coloured background behind a transparent tab or pasting an image onto it. These cause problems when moving controls around.

    It would be nice for the tab control to have the same functionality as a form where one can set the background colour.

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    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Listbox update

    Have a fully programmable listbox with events like comctl listbox and treeview we had. Sizable columns, header click, sorting, image support.

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    9 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. reference

    the behavior of broken references could be improved. Actually a broken reference leads to strange Problems in Areas that are not directly affected by the reference

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  6. Access 2016: Form Property No Border still shows border!

    Access 2016: Form Property No Border still shows border! Property Popup = No.

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    5 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 7 votes
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  8. 7 votes
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  9. 4 votes
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  10. More Controls are every time in the foreground (e.g. slider, speed) when you work with a sub form

    There are several controls that always in the foreground (eg. Speed, Slider, ..) appear and other controls can not be covered). This is very disturbing when programming.

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  11. Fix how the tabbed interface behaves when switching to design view

    When using the tabbed interface, if you switch a form out of Form view to Design view, the interface changes to the next tab in the sequence. You have to manually re-select the tab you were working on each time, which is really annoying. This bug affects all versions that support the tabbed interface, from what I have observed.

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    1 comment  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    With the latest version of Access, we are not able to reproduce the issue you are describing.
    If you still experience problems with the tabbed interface please provide information about the version you are using, and steps to reproduce.

    Thanks,
    Access Engineering

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