Access (Desktop Application)

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  1. 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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      52 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]

    • 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.

      • 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]

        • 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…

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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.

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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.

            • Fix a new issue in 2016 ... email a report... file attachment no longer works.

              when using the email command with an open report, the outlook new email dialog box opens but the file is no longer attached. this appears to have been lost with the most recent update of the office 365 in mid December 2015.

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              • 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…

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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.

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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • 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.

                        • 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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                            Under Review  ·  3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Admin →
                          • 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…

                            136 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.

                              59 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!

                              • 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

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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

                                    59 votes
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                                    • GUI contrast

                                      You have to improve the contrast used within the GUI. Whether it be in the VBE or Nav Pain (sorry I meant Pane), when you select an object and the open it, you can't make out which object was selected. It is horrible. And much worse on laptop and tablets. It should pop out at the user. I should need to scroll, move up and down to figure out what is currently selected as is presently the case.

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                                      • Please find a way to create 508 Accessible reports and export them as 508 compliant pdf files.

                                        Right now, there is no way to easily create a 508 compliant document from a database. I have to create a temp table, run code to strip out any rich text, export it as a text tab delim file, program Adobe to import this text file into a 508 compliant document, and then go back to the database, get the photos needed, and copy paste them into the PDF. The 508 wave is crashing down on us, and the inability for Access to handle this requirement is frustrating!

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                                        • 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.

                                          123 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!

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