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  1. Increase font size of Property Sheet

    The font size on the property sheet is really tiny. Like, 10pt or something ridiculous. Please make it bigger or allow us to change the font size. Banded rows could be nice too, but once the text is larger, it won't be as much of an issue.

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  2. Allow multiple Values to be updated in combo box and list box

    When you select a value in a combo box it only allow you to update one field. I know that I can update multiple values using VBA. I would like to this in the combo and list boxes. I would put this change in the combo box Wizard.

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  3. new Form Chart control needs to allow already transformed row sources

    Thanks so much for the new Forms Chart object. Unfortunately, I can't use it in my primary use case for charts on forms since my aggregate is a moving average based on a parameterized query. So, suggestion is that the new Chart should not REQUIRE setting of a TransformedRowSource but should allow an already-transformed RowSource to be used in lieu of having to do the transform itself.

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  4. Render Tab Character (ASCII 9) Correctly in Textbox

    When pasting data into Access Text boxes, if the data contains the tab character (ASCII 9) the tab is not rendered correctly. What's worse is that moving the arrow key after that character also behaves strangely. The cursor appears to be in one location but edits to the text occur in a different location. Please fix this UI issue.

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  6. Formula field type

    I'd like to be able to define an input field as a calculated field based on a simple formula (arithmetic operations + parenthesis would be enough).

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  7. Option and property to enable/disable Replace tab in Find and Replace dialog box

    Find is very useful for users but I always afraid one day they will click Replace tab and make a mistake by replaces some data in the table which it is impossible to recover back.

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  8. Create an appointment booking system template

    I would like to create an appointment booking system that I can add into an existing database. I'd like to be able to schedule an appointment which will show up in both Access and Outlook. I think it would be beneficial to have a template which allows you to create, edit and cancel appointments on the database, will give you pop-up reminders, and send emails to specific people with reminders etc. for their appointment. It should have an calendar overview and give you access to all of the information you have on your contacts.

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  9. Find what's calling "Enter Parameter Value"

    When Access asks for a parameter, it's usually a bug (because something got renamed, for example). All too often, I have no idea which control is asking for the value, so I have to manually look into the source objects of every dropdown, sub control, etc. It's a HUGE pain in the neck for maintaining large forms.

    Can we get some kind of Dev mode that would add another button to the "Enter Parameter Value" that when clicked, would show us the specific control(s) calling for the value? That would be so helpful!

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  10. Allow theme colors in conditional formatting

    We use theme colors heavily in our applications, but it becomes very cumbersome when it comes to conditional formatting. The formatting only supports selecting a fixed/constant color, so you can't select a theme color.

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  11. Improve the facility to group tables under its parent database in the Linked Table Manager form

    I have more than 10 Backend ACCDB's connecting to a single Front-end ACCDB. In such a scenario it becomes very difficult to identify which tables are linked to which database.
    I would like to request the Access team to Group all tables to the ACCDB from where they are being linked to. This way its easy to identify and relink only the required tables and jump directly to its parent database.
    Thank you in advance.

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  12. Translucent form

    Translucent forms looks much better than a usual form.
    If possible please try to add a method to create a translucent form in access.

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  13. A bug? Why promted to save all Subforms when just moving the splitter bar on Main

    I have a MainForm - Split form with datasheet on Right. Each time the user changes the width of the datasheet and thereafter Close the form, he/she is prompted to save not only the change of the MainForm - all Suforms has to be saved too-

    I want to turn off the promted savings of Subforms

    Please see what witten on MSDN:
    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/9b5b0533-525b-44b0-b657-f2c715fb5040/why-must-all-subforms-be-saved-again-and-again-when-i-just-adjusting-the-split-on-the-mainform?forum=accessdev

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  14. Why does the "w" not work in DateDiff() ...

    Many folks misunderstand the "w" interval setting used in the DateDiff() expression. The MS Access help file indicates that this interval is for "Weekdays". To some the term "Weekdays" means "Workdays" (ie: Monday through Friday), thus the confusion and claim that the "w" interval does not work. But the term "Weekdays" (thus the interval "w") means an indicated day of the week.
    o ... with an expression like:
    DateDiff("w", #4/1/2008#, #4/30/2008#)
    The returned result is 4. Access looks at the start date of the indicated span and determines the day of the week the start date falls on, which is…

    2 votes
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  15. Expose method to get row under cursor

    In a continous form, if you click an image, the focus does not change to the row in which the image is placed, unlike when you click e.g. a textbox. Obviously Access must have a method of identifying the current row as well as moving focus to that row. Please expose these methods to the VBA environment and the developer.

    Initially I would like to just use this for e.g. images, but it would be nice if it was possible to get the current row during mouse-over as well, to allow for better context sensitive displays.

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  16. Fix the form design ribbon (Access 2016 /365)

    The Form Design Ribbon does not work unless it is 'pinned', when unpinned, cant add a control to the form.

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  17. Auto Correct (2 Issues)

    Please consider disabling “Name AutoCorrect” and “object dependency information” (Objektnamen-Autokorrektur) by default. It does more harm than good.
    - Assistants and Database Parts should not “correct” existing forms. Although I have disabled Name AutoCorrect, I’ve had this issue recently.

    Please consider setting the “AllowAutoCorrect” property for text- and combo box-controls to false by default. Many kinds of input fields like Names (of people, places) don’t benefit.

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  18. Dedicated Lookup Control

    Just like a combo but without a drop down button and does not allow editing. It would be bound to a FK but display a selected column from the related table but not be editable and would not have a drop down button.

    This would save having to add related tables to a form's record source when you only want to display a column. And you definitely don't want to allow the user to modify it.

    An example would be on a continuous form bound to tblInvoice, The control is bound to tblInvoice.CustomerID but displays tblCustomer.CustomerName.

    This could possibly be…

    3 votes
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  19. Have the Search box in the Navigation Bar autoexpand when used

    The Search box in the Navigation Bar at the bottom of forms is a pretty small area -- sometimes tiny, depending on the size of the form. And if you use a Navigation Caption, it's even smaller still.

    When the user clicks in the Search box, it should auto-expand, making the scroll bars next to it temporarily shorter and the Search box longer, until the user is done with the search. Then it can go back to normal.

    Alternatively, it could be replaced with a small pop-up that appears when the user clicks in it. But just increasing the size…

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  20. Fix rendering of VBA UserForms with Parent controls (eg. Frames) in Access 2003+ file formats

    The Access 2000 mdb format supports VBA UserForms with normal and parent controls, but all database formats beyond Access 2003 (ACCDB) only render UserForms that do not include Parent controls.

    Being able to reuse UserForms across VBA hosts is a very useful way of reusing code and User Interfaces, but a runtime error (Error 75) occurs when trying to render a UserForm in an ACCDB database format, when there is a Parent control (such as a Frame or MultiPage control) present.

    Parent controls enable rich functionality and more intuitive UI, but Access fails to render the forms, with an error…

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