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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

    310 votes
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    29 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback.

    In terms of setting SQL Server as the default database format, that is currently not in scope for the Access product. We have provided and will continue to provide efficient methods to integrate your Access data with SQL server, and the team will continue to develop more features that streamline the data migration experience (see https://support.office.com/en-us/article/migrate-an-access-database-to-sql-server-7bac0438-498a-4f53-b17b-cc22fc42c979)

    However, the ACE database engine has and will continue to be Access’s central data storage unit.

    There are new features coming soon that will improve the Access: SQL experience, and we are excited to share this news. Please stay tuned! :)

  3. 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…

    231 votes
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  4. Fix Windows 10 1803 Frontend - Backend corruption issues

    We have some databases with a split front end (stored on local computer) and backend (stored on a server mapped via relative path) using Access 2016 (build 9126.2259). Since upgrading many computers to Windows 10 1803 the backend database constantly becomes corrupt. We have to disable the three caches referenced in the article linked below in order for the corruption to stop, but this makes file server operations much slower while also causing unnecessary network traffic. We never had this issue on Windows 10 1703.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-7/ff686200(v=ws.10)

    181 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are well aware of this issue and are working with the Windows team on resolving the problem. Although we believe we have a solution to the problem, it introduces some new issues that we need to investigate and resolve before we can deploy the fix.

    Thanks,
    Access Engineering

  5. Make 32-bit Access large address aware (LAA)

    Now that the 32-bit version of Outlook 2016 becomes large address aware (see https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Large-Address-Aware-in-Outlook-2016-ea0913e4-2917-4456-b0ea-935dbd57ef02), it would be great to get that for MS Access as well.

    (We hit the 2GB barrier every now and then when batch-exporting MS Access reports as PDF. Having 4GB support would be great. Upgrading to Office 64-bit is usually not an option in corporate environments depending on third-party add-ins.)

    182 votes
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  6. 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…

    167 votes
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    6 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Subform in continous form

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

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

    163 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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.

    149 votes
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  10. 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.

    131 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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.

    130 votes
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  12. Responsive forms

    Create responsive / dynamic forms that adjust to screen resolutions.

    127 votes
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  13. 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…

    112 votes
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  14. 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.

    111 votes
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  15. 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…

    105 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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.

    98 votes
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    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]

  17. Fix saving column order in datasheet view

    I have noticed this issue whereby you move columns and when the user exits the form, the datasheet columns revert back to the original (pre-saved) order. The work around I found was to hide/show columns, toggle one field on then off, close dialogue and then it will save. Not very intuitive.

    Thanks for fixing.

    83 votes
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    26 comments  ·  Datasheet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Note that typically the reason this happens is that there is code behind the datasheet form that modifies properties on the form or controls (e.g. Textbox.Locked). Access intends to save the datasheet column widths without saving the properties changed in code, and that process was not working as expected. We are planning to fix this, but in the meantime, you may be able to work around this if you can avoid changing form/control properties in code (e.g. by using Conditional Formatting instead)

  18. 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!

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  19. Access database in an inconsistent state...Windows 10 1803 update

    Access database in an inconsistent state....since the release of Windows 10, 1803 our significant percentage of our 3500 customers have consistently lost connection to the back-end database and been forced to stop work during the day to repair their database. Only recently did we discover the leasing fix. In the meantime, our product reputation has been adversely affected. Please release a production update since many of the IT people have refused to make the lanmanserver registry entry and are waiting for the Windows update. HELLO MICROSOFT PLEASE HELP!!

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

    We are well aware of this issue and are working closely with the Windows team on resolving it. Although we believe we have a solution to the problem, it introduces some new issues that we need to investigate and resolve before we can deploy the fix.

    Regards,
    Access Engineering

  20. 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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