Access (Desktop Application)

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  1. Create and promote a website for Access developers to list their applications and services.

    MS already has a website for Access MVP's, but other ISV's, VAR's and developers who are not MVP's need a centralized place for consumers to search for a solutions provider. MS can provide a disclaimer on this website stating they're not responsible or endorsing any particular listing.

    .. And while you're at it, create a separate category or page for "Access Marketing" ideas so that we don't have to mix these kinds of ideas with product improvements.

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      10 comments  ·  Other  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for posting and for the interesting conversation.

      Without taking an active part in this discussion, or making a corporate statement, I’ll just say that the Access team values our MVPs and their on-going contribution to both the product team and the broader community.

      as for Frank’s suggestion – it’s a great one, and we’ll look into it. Thanks!

    • 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…

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      • Text Boxes Should Have Visible Spell Checking

        This should be an option for text boxes to have spell checking highlight words that aren't in the dictionary. Similar to Word or filling out text boxes in web browsers, the visible indicator of typos is important. Running F7 to launch the spell checker afterwards is not the same or as helpful.

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        • 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…

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            44 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Admin →

            I apologize for an honest mistake with updating the status to Done.
            We did fix a similar issue with Query design and Relationship window, but haven’t fixed this one.

            Again – sorry for the mix-up.

            Michal [MSFT]

          • Improve Access programmability

            There are many new technologies available that Access cannot take full advantage of because it's either in .NET or requires JavaScript.

            Excel has a JavaScript API being developed and expanding. Using JavaScript would allow for richer integration between desktop and web apps where appropriate.

            On the other hand, native access to .NET framework would provide access to many other components that Access can leverage for automation.

            What we can't do is just stay behind in COM world - COM ecosystem is shrinking and we need a solid integration support especially when our Access application only requires a small part to…

            349 votes
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            • Bug: (-7713) Reserved Error

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

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                We are looking into this issue but may need more information from supporters.
                Please reply with a comment to indicate that it is okay for us to contact you directly regarding this issue.

                Thanks,
                Michal [MSFT]

              • 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.

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                  Thanks for this suggestion – obviously there are several data types that are missing and we’ll need to prioritize, so we’d like to get a better sense of what’s most important to you.
                  Fell free to add in comments – which data types would you like to have supported (in order of importance)?
                  Thanks!

                • Provide a native Treeview control

                  The Treeview control is an extremely powerful way to display related and hierarchical data in a nodal fashion. I have built application for years using the vb Treeview common control. These applications could not be successful without it. There is certain data such as a computer folder and file structure that would be nearly impossible to comprehend without it., However, the non native Treeview require serious knowledge of Access and VBA to use successfully. Also portability has always been a problem. A native control with some features that make binding data simpler (possibly a wizard), would really expand what the…

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                    We are actively looking at providing a native tree view control.
                    Please continue to vote and provide more info – scenarios, examples and requirements will all feed into our exploration.

                    Thanks,
                    Michal [MSFT]

                  • Incorporate Power BI as an Add-in to New version of Access 2017

                    Since Pivots & Charts have been removed from Ver 2010 onwards, its been a big problem for us consultants to provide charting and pivoting features to our customers. These are features simply adored by our customers due to their ease of use. But after looking at Power BI I feel since its from the same Microsoft family the Access Team should consider incorporating it in their Next Product Planning process.

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                      Thanks for posting and voting.
                      Integrating Power BI with Access is one of the things we believe will add value to Access developers and users. We are looking into ways to support that.
                      Keep voting if this is important to you – it will increase the likelihood of it getting in the product.

                    • New Event: 'On Access Application Window Close'.

                      This event must have a Cancel option also.
                      This would be an Application Level event (not a Form event).

                      Many developers have requested this over the years.
                      More often than not, you want to check some conditions before a user closes Access
                      Of course, there are various workarounds, but we should not have to bother with workarounds, as well as additiona workarounds to deal with potential issues when Access is closing.

                      Most all professional applications have this. For example (only), when you click the X to Close Quickbooks Pro, a prompt occurs asking "Are you sure you want to exit?"

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                        Thanks for posting Joe. We’ll look into this when planning our future investments.
                        When prioritizing suggestions and ideas we take into consideration the number of votes they get – so please be sure to vote for things you want to see done sooner.

                      • Zoom ... Design View for Forms/Reports and Form View, Report View

                        It would be really nice to ZOOM the Design View for forms and reports ... and also Form View, with a slider.

                        For example, Print Preview has a zoom slider in the lower right.

                        Also, Report View should be able to interpret Ctrl-Mousewheel since so it can really be more like a web page

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                          Thanks for posting. We’ll look into this as we are planning our future investments in Access.
                          I’d like to encourage people to keep voting if it’s something they really want to see the priority raised on.

                        • Please update the look and feel of Desktop forms and controls

                          I have not found an alternative to developing in Access for creating custom desktop software for small businesses. All of the other options require 2-3 times the development time for the same functionality.

                          The forms and controls in Access Desktop need a facelift. Its been quite a while since you've done anything with them. Please update them.

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                          • Who is using the Database?

                            On a shared network with a backend/frontend configuration, (or even in a single-shared-file arrangement), please provide a tool that tells us who has the database open.

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                            • Linked Table Options

                              When Linking Tables, initially and in the LinkedTable Manager, it would be nice to:

                              1) Expand the dialog box !!!! Many table names are too long to see
                              2) have an optional textbox to optionally preface the name in Access with something
                              (as the SourceTableName and Name are 2 different properties)

                              3) skip tables with errors and continue linking with all in the list -- leave the problem tables checked

                              thank you

                              56 votes
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                              • 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

                                60 votes
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                                • 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

                                  62 votes
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                                  • Please can we have the linked Table Manager available for the Runtime.

                                    When you are installing the Database on a Client's Network, the Server or Shared Drive will have a different Path to the Development PC System.

                                    This makes it very difficult to install a System on a Client's PC where there is not a full copy of Access.

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                                    • Checkbox Alignment

                                      When creating forms and reports, checkboxes should be centered in the space, not aligned at the upper left

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                                      • Switch between objects with Ctrl + Tab

                                        In previous versions of Access it was possible to switch between objects with Ctrl + Tab. Please reactivate this feature. Strg + F6 is not an ergonomic shortcut.

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                                        • Refresh table on right click

                                          Whenever I modify a table or a view in SQL server I need to go refresh the table link. Currently that means
                                          * right click a table
                                          * Select Linked table manager
                                          * Find the table I want to refresh
                                          * select it
                                          * click refresh table links

                                          I would really like it, if we could simple right click a linked table, and just select refresh to have that single table refreshed.

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