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  1. Enhance the SQL Editor

    Some features would be good to developers:
    1) Tabbed SQL Query Windows - allow user to create a query window without binding to a query object (like we do in SQL Server)

    2) Format the query field with highlighting, identation, colors and make possible to even resize the font size. .

    3) Allow intellisense to get [table].[field] list (in A2013 we have it in Query Designer but no in SQL mode)

    4) Split the window in SQL Query and result pane - and make it possible to see result in table or text format (like we have in SQL Server).…

    290 votes
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      8 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Better integration with SQL Server

      Install SQL Express alongside Access and make SQL Server the default database format instead of ACE. With a SQL Server database Access could and should support all the features it currently supports with ACE. Integrating SQL Server in that way would enable a much greater range of features and use cases to be supported out-of-the box.

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        22 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Automatically resize MS-Access Applications

        A major problem in the distribution of MS Access applications is the lack of scalability. Controls are not automatically adjusted depending on the particular resolution in Windows.

        218 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make Access a better ODBC client

          Given that the trend is toward ODBC and away from OLEDB (ADO), there are number of gaps still present in Access as an ODBC client:

          1) support for asynchronous operations
          2) support for processing multiple resultsets
          3) support for streaming large results
          4) support for updating complex data sources (e.g. binding to a stored procedure and then specifying which stored procedure to call to perform insert/update/delete)

          and other features that has been added to ODBC (currently at v3.8) but is not available via DAO.

          This is necessary to enable Access to transition away from ADPs, better leverage remote data sources…

          166 votes
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            11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Sync data between local/offline and cloud db tables

            The ability for records to be written locally if they cannot be written to the cloud. On reconnect or user control, resync changes. This should be done with minimal coding by the application developer. Perhaps use Access as a local data store with sync key columns for update to server.

            Thanks.

            141 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Subform in continous form

              Today we can't use a subform in a continous form.

              121 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Touch screen compatible lists, scroll bars, etc.

                A lot of my clients want to be able to use Access forms on a tablet or touch screen. The controls really need updated to be compatible with touch!!! The worst offenders are scroll bars with list boxes and combo boxes close behind.

                120 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Access THE go to tool for RAD against SQL.

                  Don't ditch Access as it is in favour of the web apps. Make Access THE go to tool for rapid application development against SQL databases. Integrate SQL tools within Access. Freshen up the forms and reports designers, AND the VBA editor. Make it easier to lock down the finished application so users can't bypass the start up options and get to design and data.
                  Yes, we have >net, VB/C# etc. but to build a quick app for departmental use, Access has got to be the tool of choice.

                  101 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Responsive forms

                    Create responsive / dynamic forms that adjust to screen resolutions.

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                      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Give us a new dll - MSJSON.dll

                      Currently to work with XML objects from API calls we have an object model from referencing MSXML6.dll that make iterating through the response easy. With JSON we can only get strings of data that we have interpret. If you created MSJSON.dll for us we could manipulate JSON data as easily as XML and make life easier for developers dealing with API calls.

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                        4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        86 votes
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                          10 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]

                        • 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

                          78 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide a MS-Access connector to PowerApps and Flow

                            We have a webservice on which we have a PowerApp connector that enables PowerApps to run any macro, vba procedure/function, opening of a form to fill in text-fields and/or perform the equivalent to buttonclick-events in an Access Application. If MS-Access out of the box could configure and enable a webservice on the machine it's running and thus would enable a PowerApp to be a cloudfirst/mobilefirst frontend presentation layer, MS-Access 2019 would really become something new. When the Access application has linked SQL-tables to SQL-2016 or up, it can easily delegate the creation of JSON to SQL-server, but I wouldn't be…

                            77 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Expand the maximum Form width

                              Recently I got a new monitor with a resolution of 3440 x 1440. I wanted to create a Form that uses the entire Screen width. I failed because the Specifications only allows a width of 57,79 cm (which in this case corresponds to about 2200 pixels). This was completely sufficient for decades but with these screens nowadays…

                              74 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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

                                71 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Include "hide control" feature Continuous Forms

                                  Currently on Continuous Forms, the developer can enable/disable, along with a few other functionality items relating to conditional formatting. At the moment, there is no "hide/unhide" feature to allow developers to display or not display controls based upon values of a particular row of data. There are ways to do it, but only in a very convoluted way, and very confusing when having to manage the code. Please include this functionality for continuous forms!

                                  65 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • JSON import/export

                                    Given the widespread use JSON as a data transport, we should have:

                                    Application.ImportJSON
                                    Application.ExportJSON

                                    like we have:

                                    Application.ImportXML
                                    Application.ExportXML

                                    There are a few libraries out there – replacing these with one or a few lines of code would be extremely useful.

                                    60 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create a new Comprehensive Windows Installer for Access Applications.

                                      Access needs a quick way to get a good solid installation of Back-end and Front-end databases including a registry edit for Trusted locations and versioning.
                                      It should also include the ability to:
                                      Add Icons,
                                      Add Desktop and other shortcuts,
                                      Allow user to accept an ELUA (End User License Agreement)
                                      Run simple scripts,
                                      Install with full windows trust. (maybe with a certificate?)
                                      An uninstaller.
                                      A check for updates function.
                                      Install support files into specified folders.
                                      Read simple system values and react accordingly (eg if 64bit systems then install 64 bit ODBC Driver)

                                      Also it would be nice if it could notify…

                                      57 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a real SQL Server Front End technology LIKE ADP was

                                        Old ADP Technology in Access provides a Perfect technology to use all the power of a SQL Server Backend. Even if you dont use Access to build the database, is imperative to be able to use Access as a front end to connect to a SQL Server backend like ADP technology provide.

                                        Sincé ADP was deprecated, any other technology provided is real to get a Client/server app. ODB Linked tables can not use Stored procedures and major work must be done in Access.

                                        If is decided to deprecate a technology, you must offer a valid alternative with almost the same…

                                        57 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Increase the maximum file size from 2GB upwards

                                          I know that this idea has been floated twice before and I also note that the Access team have responded and indicated that this is not part of the development and I also note that its been closed so more votes cannot be taken on it. Thought it was important to re-open because its actually quite a popular idea. I understand that SQL Server / SQL Azure or SQL Express are the way to go if users are wanting larger backends but for quick and dirty working for ETL projects or random data analysis of large datasets individuals may not…

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                                            5 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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