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  1. Fix new Settings Incompatibility Bug

    I believe I have hit a new bug in ACCESS.
    This conflict shows up when a front end using standard Access SQL connects to a Back-end using SQL Server Syntax (ANSI92).
    It results in very strange behavior with Combo-Boxes failing to Auto-Complete and Wildcard Queries not returning results.
    Access 2010 is immune! Phew.

    It is repeatable and can be reproduced by following the process:
    There appears to be a new bug in ACCESS 365 / Click to Run.
    It DOES NOT EXHIBIT on Access 2010, but I have not tested with 2013.

    Issue: Combo Boxes (drop-downs) fail to Auto-Complete List…

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  2. ONE DRIVE - Survey Creation and Data Collection

    As One Drive is Cloud based, I'd like questionnaire templates that I can then customize for my interests / requirements using either MS Excel or MS Access. Then once created, I'd like to be able to 1) Invite Specific Respondents to fill in the questionnaire via a link; and 2) Post the Survey on a separate website with the data being saved in my specified One Drive Folder. It would be great if the templates or template forms came with easy-to-use or paste items for building the questionnaire such as contact info, date formats, text formats number formats, logic formats,…

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  3. Synchronize the field Notes of Outlook Contacts with Access

    You can easily synchronize your Outlook Contacts with an Access Database, but there is one field that is not synchronized: the notes field.

    I would like to have the notes synchronized with my database.

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  4. Provide a MS-Access connector to PowerApps and Flow

    We have a webservice on which we have a PowerApp connector that enables PowerApps to run any macro, vba procedure/function, opening of a form to fill in text-fields and/or perform the equivalent to buttonclick-events in an Access Application. If MS-Access out of the box could configure and enable a webservice on the machine it's running and thus would enable a PowerApp to be a cloudfirst/mobilefirst frontend presentation layer, MS-Access 2019 would really become something new. When the Access application has linked SQL-tables to SQL-2016 or up, it can easily delegate the creation of JSON to SQL-server, but I wouldn't be…

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    We have presented in a recent user group session about an investment we are making in building a CDS Connector within the Access application, to successfully move your data to and from CDS; which will power a variety of Power App and MS Flow applications.
    Check out the presentation here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_o3F89EcBI, and scroll to the latter half of this video to hear more about CDS/Power Apps.

  5. BUG - Linked Table Manager removes tables from custom groups in Navigation Pane

    Case: user creates custom views in Navigation Pane and puts tables to custom groups for navigation convenience. If such table is a linked table, any relink with Link Table Manager now removes the table from custom group, putting it into a single heap of "Unassigned Objects". This makes navigation a pain. This was not a default behavior several updates ago. All tables stayed in their places. Please fix this bug.

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  6. Enable Access to work with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

    There seems to be no way of allowing Access to link to an Azure SQL database where Azure Active Directory Multi-Factor Authentication has been enabled. This means that if an IT department switches on MFA Access can't connect to an Azure SQL database it can connect to where MFA has not been activated.

    If I have missed something, please tell me!

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  7. Fix new Settings Incompatibility Bug

    I believe I have hit a new bug in ACCESS.
    This conflict shows up when a front end using standard Access SQL connects to a Back-end using SQL Server Syntax (ANSI92).
    It results in very strange behavior with Combo-Boxes failing to Auto-Complete and Wildcard Queries not returning results.
    Access 2010 is immune! Phew.

    It is repeatable and can be reproduced by following the process:
    There appears to be a new bug in ACCESS 365 / Click to Run.
    It DOES NOT EXHIBIT on Access 2010, but I have not tested with 2013.

    Issue: Combo Boxes (drop-downs) fail to Auto-Complete List…

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  8. add ETL-features to ACCESS (retry of: Add PowerQuery to ACCESS)

    I still do thoroughly hope, you will integrate ETL-features to Access!
    In EXCEL as well as in PowerBI you can use "retrieve and transform data" to collect data from diffent sources.
    I don't want to write back data to the sources.
    Many of my clients - financial controllers and data analysts - use ACCESS as a kind of datamart for their reporting, as I wrote in my BLOG "controllingexcellent". They collect data from different source, mostly TXT-files, CSV, Web, EXCEL-Files and Databases at the same time.
    It is the "single source of truth" where data is stored. Many other reports…

    9 votes
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  9. Data Connector For QuickBooks Online

    We are currently developing and testing a dotnet interop app that allows an Access frontend to integrate with QBO via API calls, and was wondering if you would be interested creating a QBO data connector.

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  10. Encrypt password in MSysObjects

    In a frontend/backend scenario with linked tables to a password secured Access backend the password can be figured out. It is human readable in the Connect field of the MSysObjects table in the frontend. Please prevent this by encryption.

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  11. Automatically recognize foreign keys in the relationship view when connected to MySQL

    At present the foreign keys aren't recognized when connected to MySQL over ODBC. Neither are they shown in the relationship view.

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  12. Extend exporting/importing/linking tables to/from a SQL-Server

    I think it would be very nice if ODBC-Connections to a SQL-Server would preserve:
    a) The Primary Key constraint while exporting.
    b) Constraints like default values while exporting.
    c) Extended properties like 'MS_Description' while exporting.
    d) Auto value/IDENTITY while exporting.

    And also b) + c) while importing or linking tables.
    While a) + d) still works (sometimes) while importing or linking, it does not work in a one to one fashion.

    The Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access (32-Bit) is, unfortunately, buggy (or completely broken after v7.3.0) and extremely slow to open even medium-sized databases.

    Once upon a time,…

    4 votes
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  13. Allow users to import text files that do not have a txt extension

    in office access 2007 we used to be able to import text files that have an extension other than .txt, many businesses have files that are text files that do not have .txt extension and although I can change the extension to .txt, it is very time consuming when I have thousands of these files

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  14. json linking

    People asked for exporting and importing json data but what about linking to json data?

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  15. Import/export specs edit feature

    Currently, the developer needs to go through the process of importing a file into a database in order to create or edit an import/export spec in the MSysIMEXSpecs table. True, the MSysIMEXColumns can be edited directly in the table, but overall, the process is not very user friendly. There needs to be functionality to create/edit import/export specs without have to pretend that one is importing an external file.

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  16. ODBC errors need to return more information error 3146 does not provide enough detail

    Perhaps an error.description2 property which we can reference which stores the error returned from SQL about the true problem. Right now it is very difficult to trouble shoot.

    Thanks.

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  17. Attach SQL tables without "dbo_" or give the option to do so

    It would be more intuitive to link sql tables WITHOUT the owner prefix.

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  18. ACCDE Bug with build 1808 Access 365 Home version

    You can no longer link to an ACCDE back end. This needs to be fixed!

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  19. add the data file/table name being imported on saved imports.

    I have some saved imports that pull in multiple tables from our ERP system. I believe it would be informative to know which "step" in the import is active by showing the table name on the status bar. Right now it shows "Importing. Press and hold ESC to stop." Expanding that to "Importing table xxxxxxxx - Press and hold ESC to stop."

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  20. When I set the form recordset to an ADODB recordset, things no longer work the same as when I just use a linked table.

    Fix Access so using an ADODB recordset works the same as a linked backend table

    When I set the form recordset to an ADODB recordset, things no longer work the same as when I just use a linked table.

    For example, a Subdatasheet no longer uses the "Link Master Fields" and "Link Child Fields" form properties.

    When the end user tries to use the autofilters, they just get an error message.

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