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  1. ITEMS in Detail Section with Crosstab Queries and specified fixed headings should have option to suppress repeating

    Whenever an ITEM such as a heading progress bar is in the Detail section, so if you display the form as Continuous Forms, you will see a progress bar in each displayed record. It will happen whenever a Continuous Form displays more than one record.

    The only way to avoid this is to move the progress bar to the form header (or footer) section.

    Please refer to the attached design, on the very last page described in microsoft forums.

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msofficeaccess-msowindows8-mso_2010/crosstab-query-to-display-all-records-according-to/b98b9372-1a83-402d-b54d-87ca5b7a7407?messageId=c8966d76-2bcd-4a49-a1cc-83cdcf71a483

    Either an access development enhancement to enable this would provide more flexibility to create complicated reports.

    Thank you…

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  2. USysNotes Object for documentation

    When creating objects such as forms and reports it would useful to be able to have a dialogue form where you can key in notes and a date to keep documentation current. Have a few columns for date, user notes and developer notes. On the ribbon, have a notes icon which will open the notes to the current object for display and edit. Have it link to the ID Field in Msysobject table.

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    7 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Hide Navigation Pane In ACCDE Files

    I have never understood why after all the effort put into compiling Forms and Code in Compiled Access databases and then they leave the Navigation Pane exposed so that all Tables are revealed and accessible to end users. Sure you can hide the Navigation pane but anybody can go into Options and reveal that Pane.

    This has been a major negative to Access for me for years ....

    Dick

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  4. 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.

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  5. Bring back the shortcut menu interface for creating shortcut menus

    Shortcut menus are very usefull and after access 2003 the interface for creating them has removed.You have to bring it back.

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  6. Upgrade Access SQL dialect to current ANSI standards

    MS Access's ACE SQL engine continues to run with a variant form of ANSI-89 with some ANSI-92 features while the rest of the relational database world has adopted more recent ANSI standards and at the very least fully comply to the universal, lowest common denominator standard accepted in the industry: ANSI-1992.

    Being a highly used, worldwide database for small to medium-sized shops and its popularity with the Office suite, enhancing Access's dialect to industry standards will add value to current and future users including the Microsoft brand. Even SQLite, a similar, very popular file-level database as open-source counterpart to Access,…

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  7. Create a stand alone file independently version of Access or Runtime and 32 or 64 bit architecture

    Due to the currently conflicts between versions, I think it would be necessary to create a stand alone file that can be run independently of the version of Access or Runtime and 32 or 64 bit architecture, that the user has installed!!

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  8. Please stop Access 2013 from automatically changing the Modified Date on Access files if no changes are made to a file

    I have Office Professional 2013.

    I have it installed on an Asus Laptop running Windows 8.1.

    Also OP 2010 on Windows 7.

    I open 99% of my files through "File Explorer" as I have several thousand (files) sorted into numerous sub-folders.

    Whenever I open an Access file to check some details and then close it WITHOUT MAKING CHANGES "File Explorer" shows that Access has automatically changed the "Date Modified" to the most recent date and time that I open and then close the file.

    This is despite the fact that the last time I may have made a change whether…

    25 votes
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  9. Function to completely hide Access Window (tick box)

    Currently we are having to use custom modules to disable the main access window although these work their the cleanest way of doing things, would it be possible to add a function in the options menu to hide the Main Access window and only show Popup forms and reports.

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  10. Macroes vs VBA in Button Wizard

    When using the Button wizard MS Access creates macroes as default. This should be an option if you prefeer macroes or vb as the event code.

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  11. Seamless Integration of MS Access with Cloud and Mobile phones

    I would like to make an access project (database and its associated forms and reports), upload it to a microsoft cloud, and to be able to access it via web and mobile phones. Is it currently possible?

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  12. Ability to view the Field list in the VBA Code Module

    When you are in the VBA Code Editor, and you want to refer to a field on the form, you have to flip back to the form to find the field name before you can use it.

    It would life so much easier if the field names were listable in the code module in the View option as per the Object Command on the Form's Design View.

    24 votes
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  13. VB Code References Dialog Box should be sizable

    If we open any VBA module (either a module or the one in code-behind-forms), one of the choices we have is pointing the Jet or Ace engine to the correct Reference Library. This dialog box is very small and should be bigger by default. Ideally it should be sizable and Access should remember the size where we left it. That would be NICE!

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  14. Allow custom controls and a gallery

    Due to wide variance among different industries, I think Access is best benefited if users are enabled to author and share custom data-bindable controls. That would enable industries to build controls customized to their particular need, and hopefully share with one other, making it easier to develop with Access even for those who don't have the programming expertise to author it themselves. Look at PowerBI gallery as an example of how this can be a success story for Access.

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  15. Fix rendering of VBA UserForms with Parent controls (eg. Frames) in Access 2003+ file formats

    The Access 2000 mdb format supports VBA UserForms with normal and parent controls, but all database formats beyond Access 2003 (ACCDB) only render UserForms that do not include Parent controls.

    Being able to reuse UserForms across VBA hosts is a very useful way of reusing code and User Interfaces, but a runtime error (Error 75) occurs when trying to render a UserForm in an ACCDB database format, when there is a Parent control (such as a Frame or MultiPage control) present.

    Parent controls enable rich functionality and more intuitive UI, but Access fails to render the forms, with an error…

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  16. vertical text orientation

    The Vertical Text property rotates text 90º but it is not possible to rotate 270º or other. There are many people searching for this feature over the internet for years now, but there has been no solution for this feature built in access until now. There are many workarounds, but very complicated. Hope more people find this usefull

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  17. import from excel

    Better control of datatypes when importing from Excel or linking to a worksheet.

    Currently the import decides for you using the first few rows, so often you have truncated memo fields when the first few rows are less than 255 char or errors when the first few rows are numeric but later rows are alpha numeric.

    When importing into an existing table the import should honor the datatypes in the table.

    23 votes
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  18. Create PDF-File with merge function

    Create more than one PDF-File from the Report and merge the PDF-File to one PDF-File

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  19. 23 votes
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  20. New Property, Filter for Combo Box

    Scenario: Product Obsolete.
    if product is marked as obsolete then we do not want it to appear on the combo drop down list but still must be visible to display historic data.

    The Hack involves hiding a second drop down behind the first with a different rowsource, on click of the first we swap focus to the rear dropdown which then retrieves the required value without effecting the bound tables historical data.

    Can you apply a filter to a combo box, on focus, for addition of records.

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