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  1. Major bug in all versions of Access: handling of ESCAPE key

    n all versions of Access that I am aware of, going back at least to Access 2000, the escape key cancels queries (whether select, update, append, etc.), and recordset operations (running in VBA).

    On the surface this may be fine, but there is a major bug in the implementation: Access "listens" for the escape key regardless of whether it has the focus or not.

    So for example, if you have a long running append query and then open Excel, Word, Outlook, or even your browser (any software, presumably), and hit the Escape key to cancel an action in that other…

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      4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Relinking a Data Source, Table Name refresh confusing

      The prompt that you receive when relinking to a data source regarding relinking table names seems inconsistent and confusing. If you end up trying to relink a data source and choose the same data source as original, you do not get a prompt. If you choose a different source, you get a prompt which asks whether you want to relink the selected tables. If you choose NO then it does refresh the links to each of the tables. If you choose YES you get prompted for the name of each table. If you are relinking to the same source, you…

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        1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • The Linked Table Manager is not an option in a database with no Linked tables

        Since it now has an Add button, I do not see why this should be the case. Thus, for now, adding a link to your first table needs to be done the old way – through New Data Source.

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          0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Fix Confirmed Bug: Report Controls Jump Elsewhere When Moving

          In Access 2010, 2013, 2016; when a report in design view exceeds a certain size overall (this has nothing to do with the 22" section maximum), try to move any type of control in the lower sections and it suddenly jumps elsewhere.
          This has been confirmed in forum post https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/a2db2cd7-f02b-4317-a663-e6a4dbb78cb9/report-controls-jump-elsewhere-when-moving?forum=accessdev. This post contains a link to a sample database that demonstrated the problem.
          It has also been confirmed via a support incident with Microsoft. The technical lead called it 'an Regression, an product defect' and asked that I post it here. It continually baffles me that when bugs are…

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            1 comment  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Increase visibility when using higher resolutions

            Make adaptations in resizing reports and wizards etc. to ensure readability in higher display resolutions.

            For example in the linked table manager but also when using interactive graphs in forms and some wizards the text becomes unreadable: The line width is too small to show the whole letter.

            If I reduce display resolution it all works fine again.
            Also due to the inability in wizards and linked table manager to change the line width I cant use access at the preferred resolution.

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              0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for posting.

              Being able to increase visibility in higher resolutions and to support high DPI is a well known ask.
              We are adding this to our customers’ wish list, and for now closing this item for voting, so you can get your votes back (and you can add comments to show your support and share ideas).

              Thanks,
              Access Team

            • Fix/remove the 'Powered by Microsoft Access' button

              Since 2016 clicking the 'Powered by' button in the bottom right corner of the runtime goes to a web page that no longer exists. Looks like it is the same link from Access 2013...

              2 minute fix to make things look a little more professional - OR - remove the feature altogether as I don't see the point if you are not going to promote Access.

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                1 comment  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Create Add-In Store

                I think it would be a great idea to create an add-in store that would allow for developers to offer tools like V-Tools, the FMS Suites, Smart Indenter, and other VBA Add-ins in a centralized, official, and user-friendly location.

                Current add-ins are only available by searching the web, and many results are either outdated, defunct, or unsafe.

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                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support BigInt in Access 2016 Runtime

                  The Access 2016 Runtime is currently based on the MSI version of Access 2016. It does not support v16.7 file format databases using the BigInt data type and throws an error when trying to open one of these databases.

                  Please release a version of the Access Runtime that can support BigInt numbers and databases in the v16.7 format.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • data connector sql server

                    ADD SQL SERVER AS A DATA CONNECTOR - The Access team is currently evaluating the use of data connectors in Access, (https://youtu.be/j5UAv4yY5RY?t=2155), and we need your support to get them to include SQL Server as an option! PLEASE VOTE for this idea, every vote counts!

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                      45 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for posting and supporting.
                      We reviewed this ask and suggestion and will take into account when planning improvements for the existing SQL connector.

                      This item will be closed for voting, but you can add comments to show your support and share ideas.

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                      • Distribute Access apps on windows store

                        So that Access apps will run on Windows 10 S. I am following the launch of Windows 10 S with great interest. I am writing to this forum today to find out what the Microsoft best practice is for migrating Access applications complied to work with Microsoft Access run time (or some other method) to Windows Store apps (aka Windows platform apps) that could be offered in the Windows Store and would run on Windows 10 S and all versions of Windows 10? Since most Access apps are used within an organization it is likely that most Access Windows Store…

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                        • 14 votes
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                            Reviewed for future consideration  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable seamless integration with Excel objects

                            In light of the items requesting return of Pivot*** objects (https://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop-application/suggestions/10284183-add-pivot-charts-back-to-access) being rejected, I want to suggest an alternative that I hope is much simpler to implement and would bring better experience:

                            Ability to seamlessly embed Excel objects, be they tables, charts, pivotcharts, pivottables, directly inside Access.

                            This already exists but it is very awkward, outdated, and includes unwanted things (e.g. Excel's chrome, the spreadsheet itself and so forth). This solution should allow us to define an Excel object using Access data and show it as if it was just a normal Access control. It should allow us…

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                              9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for suggesting and supporting this idea.

                              The team has reviewed and will take into consideration when planning future Access features and capabilities.

                              This item will be closed for voting, but you can add comments to show your support and share ideas.

                            • 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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                                Reviewed for future consideration  ·  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Upgrade the Date Picker

                                Please give us a full featured built-in date picker which allows quick pick of a month and year and which can be interacted with through VBA.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for posting.

                                  The team has reviewed this ask (and other related suggestions) and we will add it to a ‘Customer Wish List’.
                                  It will be prioritized and added to our backlog.

                                  Closing this item so you can get your votes back. You can continue to add comments to show your support and share your ideas.

                                  Thanks,
                                  Michal [MSFT]

                                • 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.

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                                    Reviewed for future consideration  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      • 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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                                          Reviewed for future consideration  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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