Access (Desktop Application)

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  1. 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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    • Better integration with SQL Server Azure

      Web app are too limited to build any kind of complex solution, but Access 2013 web apps are built on SQL Server Azure which is pretty solid. Leverage the relationship with Azure and add features to the existing desktop apps so that they play nicer with Azure databases. Things like the ability to create an Azure databases from within Access, an easy way to upsize existing MDB/ACCDB tables, a native AutoComplete control, etc.

      The best part of this is you can monetize it from the start. You need a way for people to create a small sample database for free…

      126 votes
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      • 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.

        200 votes
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        • 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…

          315 votes
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          • 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.

            350 votes
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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.

            • 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 allow users to disable the hyperlink popup that says "Some files can contain viruses or otherwise be harmful to your computer..."

                Please allow for users to suppress this popup, it's an incredible annoyance when you have to click it hundreds of times a day.

                102 votes
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                • Add an API for Security - Including IT Governance issues in the security envelope

                  In losing Desktop Jet ULS security (which was poorly implemented anyway), the security baby was thrown out with the bath water. It needs to be brought back! Integrate security groups with Active directory, and store the security within an internally encrypted section of the database file, using a key separate from the database password/encryption key. This security needs to include such things as permission to create a new database, permission to copy/export data, table access and field-level access controls, permission to cut/paste data. These security options should be able to be respected across WAN/Sharepoint/AWA scenarios as well as desktop/thick client…

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                  • 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?"

                    88 votes
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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

                      152 votes
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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.

                      • 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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                          40 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]

                        • 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

                          55 votes
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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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                            • 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.

                              33 votes
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                                Under Review  ·  3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Admin →
                              • Include the ability to connect to new data sources such as those listed in POWER BI

                                New external data sources are growing rapidly and it would be useful to keep up-to-date and have ACCESS include these new types.

                                26 votes
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                                • Fix longstanding bug where conditional formatted controls can always receive focus

                                  Fix longstanding bug wherein a control with conditional formatting and properties Enabled = No and Locked = Yes can receive focus. Controls without conditional formatting applied and properties Enabled = No and Locked = Yes cannot receive focus or have their contents selected.

                                  8 votes
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                                    Under Review  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    117 votes
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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!

                                    • 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.

                                      129 votes
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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.

                                        23 votes
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                                        • 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.

                                          54 votes
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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!

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