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  1. 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…

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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…

    24 votes
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  8. Left Justify Caption in Form Title Bar

    In Access 2007 all form title bar captions are left justified so that when you minimize them you get some idea as to which form you are dealing with. Example would be Caption = "Main Menu" when minimized it would show "M...".
    With Access 2016 the caption is kind of center justified so when you minimize it shows nothing???

    6 votes
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  9. POSSIBILITY TO ADD SEGMENTS LIKE EXCEL IN A FORM

    To apply filter easily
    data source: values of the segment : sql
    child object : subform in continuous mode
    field father:child
    Sorry for my poor english

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  10. Add the possibility ta create control in tabular mode with hidden forms

    When you create new control in a new form in hidden mode, you can't use tabular mode

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  11. Make Access fully MDI

    Although the UI of MS Access has been modernised with Office Fluent Ribbon, Access is not fully MDI - all the displayed objects - forms, tables etc.. still display within the current window. How about keeping up with Word and Excel programs, have the option for each object to display in a separate Window?

    6 votes
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  13. Redraw errors with lables while browsing through records in forms

    Since Access 2007 there is an annoying effect regarding label texts while you are browsing through records in data driven forms. Every time you do so, some of the labels (seemingly not all of them) are redrawn with a minimal offset to their original position without removing the old pixels. This results in making the label texts bolder and bolder - very annoying!

    There is a similar effect with command buttons using advanced formats (styles).

    7 votes
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  14. Deal with sleep mode properly for tablet environments

    When a tablet or PC goes into sleep mode any active form looses its connection to the database backend (I am using SQL Server). This is very annoying in tablet environments where the PC is frequently switched to sleep mode. Make it so that Access can detect a reawaken from sleep and refresh the connection automatically rather than leave an error so that the user doesn't have to log off and reload the screen.

    27 votes
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  15. Allow developer to put animations like gif images or flash

    Review the shockwave flash object and put a animated gif component.
    An example for usage:
    a) We can use little flash animations in splash screens
    b) Animated gifs could be an option instead of progressbars (like the "loading" icons we see on web pages)

    We do have a shockwave flash component - but at least here I can't make it work in Access 2013). The gif idea came from a customer.

    10 votes
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  16. Modify form and report designer to allow use to add (sub) sections (detail/group/header/footers)

    I would find the ability to add additional sections would give greater design capability. Similar functionality to that provided in Crystal Reports.

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  17. Create a customizable validator for textbox

    Access has a field validator in table designer.

    But in forms would be good to have, for example, predefined (and customizable) validators, like e-mail, directly on textboxes. And, instead of a message box, we can paint the control and show a tooltip with error.

    For reference, take a look at section "validator" in Bootstrap or Material design.

    Thanks!

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  18. Remove the orange selection border in design view.

    I guess this border is introduced in order to see more clearly which control is selected. However this selection border now hides the border of the selected controls and for this reason you need to deselect the control to see how they are aligned with other controls or to view how the placement shows is within the design.

    And if the control is not place how you want, you need to select it again, move it a little with the arrow keys, deselect it to view the result, etc.
    In earlier version of Access, without this orange border, this works…

    9 votes
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  19. Fix how the tabbed interface behaves when switching to design view

    When using the tabbed interface, if you switch a form out of Form view to Design view, the interface changes to the next tab in the sequence. You have to manually re-select the tab you were working on each time, which is really annoying. This bug affects all versions that support the tabbed interface, from what I have observed.

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    With the latest version of Access, we are not able to reproduce the issue you are describing.
    If you still experience problems with the tabbed interface please provide information about the version you are using, and steps to reproduce.

    Thanks,
    Access Engineering

  20. 2 votes
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