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  1. Bring back the support for connecting to dBASE.

    Access has always been about connecting to other data sources. Excel can still connect to dBASE files, but support for Access to connect was dropped. You can see from all the chatter, that there really is a lot of people that still use dBASE files for data transfer.

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    106 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Fix form border widths in Access 2016 under Windows 10

    I don't know if this is a general problem with Office 2016, or if it is specific to Windows 10 users, but I find that sizable MDI forms in Access 2016 have a single-pixel border that is very hard to grab with the mouse.

    The form borders show as a single-pixel red line, and have no difference in appearance regardless of the mode of the form, whether the mode is "no border", "dialog", "sizable" or "thin". The border appears the same in design mode.

    I've tried this on a couple of different computers running Office 2016 under Windows 10, and…

    247 votes
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    90 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Gracefully handle ODBC connection lost failure

    Today, when a ODBC connection is lost, we get:
    (For SQL server)
    A SQL server login screen which (in my opinion) the user should never see in the first place. He has no idea what to with it.
    When/if he cancels, he gets an ugly error message.

    We need to be able to:
    A) Handle that failure gracefully WITHOUT showing the login screen.
    A++) Be able to reconnect without having to restart the application.

    198 votes
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    38 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Please make Access able to handle more data types as are commonly used in Server databases

    For example Access cannot handle BigInt in linked tables. This has been in use in SQL Server for many years, but Access can't handle them in linked tables.

    125 votes
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    31 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    (Apologies for the irrelevant emailed response earlier)

    Not too long ago we added support for Large Number (Big Int) – https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/03/06/new-in-access-2016-large-number-bigint-support/

    We reviewed all the suggestions below and took note of them. I’m going to mark this topic as Done so you can your votes back.
    If you’d like to ask for additional data type support, please create new suggestion (one for each).

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  5. Include Access Desktop In All O365 Subscription Plans

    This idea was previously posted by me and it was closed. It's a very important idea in a product marketing sense. Ironically, NONE of the O365 Business plans include Access!

    http://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop/suggestions/10742154-include-access-desktop-in-all-o365-subscription-pl?tracking_code=f8f1f2184a6391cc667cc201c1286020

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    7 comments  ·  Product Marketing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. 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

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

    A new and improved Linked Table Manager is available to O365 subscribers starting version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

    Please continue to provide feedback and help us improve it further.

    Access Engineering

  7. Make it easier to select edges of controls/boxes for re-sizing

    When selecting control edges such as in Query Design when re-sizing the table/query boxes, make it easier to select the edge. Right now, I need precision movements to get the mouse to select the edge to re-size the box. This applies to almost every instance of selecting a control or box within Access.

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    Done!  ·  29 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Access Link Table Manager

    In the Link Table Manager, when users chooses "Select All" it should relink all tables at once rather than hitting "ok" button to confirm if that table should be relink.

    74 votes
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    1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    A new and improved Linked Table Manager is available to O365 subscribers starting version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

    Please continue to provide feedback and help us improve it further.

    Access Engineering

  9. Fix the image issue with 2016 where they don't appear?

    Fix the current issue with images not displaying in forms/reports in Access 2016. Fix the issue of copying controls with images not working.

    Fix your bugs before tackling new projects/features.

    70 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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 →

    A new and improved Linked Table Manager is available to O365 subscribers starting version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

    Please continue to provide feedback and help us improve it further.

    Access Engineering

  11. Please update Themes (add Dark Gray and Black) to be consistent with other Office suite

    We (Access folks) were promised the Dark Gray and Black themes over a year ago. All other Office apps have these. "Blinding white" and "(not my) Colorful" are not very good options, especially when we are trying to be consistent with other Office apps that have 4 choices. Thanks

    60 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. 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.

    57 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Bug: (-7713) Reserved Error

    Happing a lot in Office build 1611 for no apparent reason, completely stable in build 1609

    46 votes
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  14. Linked Table Manager: select all tables from same back end

    One of the biggest pains is when you have multiple back ends and Linked Table Manager (LTM) prompts you at every table. When you have lots of links and multiple back ends, it's a pain to go through and select all from only one back end.

    Idea #1: Click on a single table in LTM, then click a button: "Select all tables from same back end." Voila! Now you can update that single back end, and then move on to the next one.

    Idea #2: Sort the tables by back end. Not as convenient as Idea #1, but would still…

    43 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    A new and improved Linked Table Manager is available to O365 subscribers starting version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).

    Please continue to provide feedback and help us improve it further.

    Access Engineering

  15. Do something before the Access Team looses it jobs

    Every single good idea that has been posted here has been rejected. It truly appears that MS is only interested in their cloud products.

    The Access Team better do something or they are all going to looking for a new job like the rest of us who rely on their product to help make a living.

    The past month has been filled with the rejection of ideas, some that could bring this product to new levels. Either it is too difficult for their developers or its all about $$ in the cloud services.

    It amazing they just cannot see that…

    41 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Product Marketing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    Please follow what’s been added to Access 2016 (O365) here:
    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/what-s-new-in-access-2016-76454345-f85d-47af-ace1-98a456cb3496

    You can also view O365 public roadmap and search for new features that are in development
    https://products.office.com/en-US/business/office-365-roadmap

    Another good source of information is the Access TechCommunity space here:
    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Access/ct-p/Access_Cat

    Regards,
    The Access Team

  16. Bring back wide borders in the Relationship and Query Design windows

    The skinny borders in the Relationship and Query Design windows mean it now takes ages to resize the tables because you need to be pixel-perfect to grab the edges. Please make them big again

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    Done!  ·  8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Forms view not scrolling

    With the last version update of Access, the forms no longer scroll. The wheel on the mouse doesnt scroll anymore. The scroll bar also doesnt work when you drag it up or down. Is there a timeline for a fix on this bug? If no known timeline, I will have to downgrade my version of Access to fix the problem.

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  18. Have custom application icon appear on taskbar in Access 2016

    Seems more like a bug - Other versions OK but a custom icon doesn't show in the taskbar in Access 2016.

    34 votes
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    Done!  ·  14 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputReport, , acFormatPDF..." crashes after 10 minutes (Access 2016)

    Create PDF in accdb is no problem.

    Create PDF in accde or accdr crashes after 10 minutes or sporadic
    only with Access 2016 (with 2007, 2010, 2013 everything is fine)

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    13 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Please fix the problem with embedded ole objects in Access Forms and Reports with Windows 10 ver 1703

    I recently updated my computer to Windows 10 version 1703 and since then embedded objects in Access forms and reports do not display properly (cannot be seen). When Windows is downgraded to its previous version the problem disappears. The problem occurs with Access 2010, Access 2013 and Access 2016 (all 64bit).

    To demonstrate the problem do the following:

    1) Create a blank Access Desktop Database (Database.accdb).

    2) Create a new table (Table1) within the database.

    3) Add an AutoNumber field (ID) to Table1

    4) Add an OLE Object Field (Document) to Table1.

    5) Create a blank form (Form1) within the…

    29 votes
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