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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).…

    237 votes
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      5 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.

      207 votes
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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.

        171 votes
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          8 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…

          155 votes
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            10 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.

            130 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  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.

              114 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Subform in continous form

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

                114 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Forms  ·  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.

                  87 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 →
                    • 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

                      73 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  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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                          2 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

                          69 votes
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                            6 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  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.

                            69 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]

                            • 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…

                              54 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide a modern Chart control

                                Please, give us the Chart control, at least, like Excel has. It's impossible to build an interactive dashboard in Access because of lack of functionality and Win95 look. For example, out-of-the-box BoxPlot chart in Excel 2016 is awesome. Why not Access? Or even interactive functionality like PowerView has.

                                53 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  We have listened to customers’ feedback and given the huge ask for modernizing data visualization in Access, we are developing new modern charts in Access.
                                  These charts will help you create modern looking and visually appealing forms and reports, displaying data managed in Access.

                                  Stay tuned :-)

                                  The Access Team

                                • Listbox update

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

                                  52 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi Yossi,

                                    Thanks for posing on Access UserVoice.
                                    We are not quite sure we fully understand the suggestion here.
                                    Could you elaborate and provide more details?

                                    Thanks,
                                    Michal [MSFT]

                                  • 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…

                                    47 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow JET/Ace SQL To support Multiple SQL Statements and comments.

                                      This will make the supported CREATE PROCEDURE statement begin to be actually meaningful.

                                      Also, permit the Query Editor SQL view to RETAIN WHITESPACE & tabs used for FORMATTING (indenting) in the SQL. to enhance readability.

                                      45 votes
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                                        13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • bring it into conformance with high DPI design standards

                                        Need to clean up all the UI to scale properly on high DPI displays. E.g., Navigation pane vertical object spacing, low res navigation pane object and navigation (expand/contract) icons, and "Save changes to the following objects" dialog box.

                                        (Hate to spend precious votes on what is basically a set of defects, but there it is.)

                                        42 votes
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                                          Planned  ·  5 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Leave right-click menu searching options available in runtime

                                          The right-click menu on DS forms contains BOTH design and user elements. Rather than removiing the entire menu in runtime mode, just remove the design options and leave the user-friendly searching features available.

                                          42 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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