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  1. Support PDF output with password encryption like Word

    We should be able to generate reports as PDFs with a password. MS Word has an encryption option when saving a Word Doc to PDF.

    For security reasons, more and more organizations want to have encrypted data at rest and in emails. ACCDBs support encryption, so it'd be helpful if it's PDF outputs could too.

    It should be available from the user interface and as an option programmatically (DoCmd.OutputTo acFormatPDF).

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  2. Make Reports Into There Own File Format Like .RPT

    Microsoft Access is pretty nice when it comes to reporting. The biggest drawback with reporting in a production environment is that it is bound to the application... i.e. many times customers want a small change on reports and you have to distribute a whole new version just to make a minor change that may have only taken 5 minutes! You should give Access report the ability to be exportable into a file format like SSRS or Crystal... this way we can edit and replace reports without having to re version the full applicaton.

    10 votes
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  3. Interactive Reports

    Many of my Clients ask for interactive reports for example the ability to change a Manager name by means of a Combo box, but still have the facility to print in a nicely formatted way. It is more intuitive than having to enter criteria in a form which the user then has to click on to see the corresponding report.

    This feature will also make reports easier to use for the semi-skilled Access User and provide a much more powerful Reporting System..

    20 votes
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  4. Export Report to Word as Good As PDF.

    It's an Office Product! should a PDF export look better than your own product? I do not even know why Reports have the ability to export to word because they look horrible! I think it would be better if you just took away that feature all together if your not going to fix it... because really who exports to Word when it looks like that?

    9 votes
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  5. explain what's wrong

    in my access form, there was a yellow triangle caution symbol to the left of the minimize, shrink, and close. I didn't know what's wrong. so I suggest when you put your cursor over that symbol, Access tells you the problem.

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  6. Thousands of unique images on Access reports

    Let's say you have a folder full of 4000 dpi x 3000 dpi images and a table with records containing the full path to said same.

    Now you build a nice little report with a 4" x 3" image control on it in the Detail section, with a couple of columns.

    Next bind the report to the table full of paths.
    Throw on the controls from the field(s) that have the path.
    Then build a Detail_Format event that will set the Image control's .Picture property to the path.

    Try to preview your report.
    How long before the report no longer…

    5 votes
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  7. MS Access

    On opening reports the ribbon is always visible. Please provide ability to set ribbon default to collapse.

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  8. Allow non aggregated chart functions...

    Currently we can't combine Axis fields that group by date with Value fields that don't use aggregate function in the New charts for O16.

    You could in the old charts....

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  9. Please provide a tool to create self adjusting boxes in a Report. E.g: Invoice and Quotation type of reports

    Hello Team,
    We develop CRM applications which has one major function of creating OFFERS/QUOTATIONS & Invoices which are emailed directly to a customer.
    As you are aware such type of a report is directly based on a Master/Detail table format. We need a tool in the report to create self adjusting boxes for the details section of the report. So as the list of products increment in the details section the box automatically justifies itself without losing its look n feel. Please also be aware that I'm not speaking of the "Arrange" menu which gets activated in the Reports Layout…

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  10. I found out possibly a bug

    I posted 2 textboxes and command button at new MS Access reports. (I wanted to a criteria date from/date to). When I moved from om one text box to another or just click a button text disappeared. When I started to debug I found out that textbox. value = null. Only way to keep a data in text box write following code

    Private Sub txtEndDate_Exit(Cancel As Integer)

    txtEndDate.Value = txtEndDate.Text
    

    End Sub

    If I use a mask for dates (99/99/0000;0;_) and use this code I get a mess.

    I always use form to change criteria but somebody asked if I…

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  11. Allow Form/Report Wizard Design to Reopen for Edits

    I think this would be an easy one! Given the helpfulness and ease of use of the report/form wizards, there should be a simplistic way to be able to go back to those menus and make edits as needed.

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  12. When previewing a report enable touch screen scrolling…similar to scrolling through a PDF on a touch screen.

    When previewing a report enable touch screen scrolling…similar to scrolling through a PDF on a touch screen.

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  13. Put a button on all Reports to allow them to be closed

    The button should be at the top and not be visible on the printed report.

    Users are perplexed when there is no obvious way to close a Report in Print Preview. The Ribbon may not be visible and users may not realise they can Right Click to show the Context Menu.

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  14. Report View: Hide empty subreport

    In print preview and normal view, if a supreport is empty, it gets hidden. Please do the same for Report view.

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