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  1. New Linked Table Manager – Suggested Improvements, Fixes, and Relative Path Relinking

    Suggested Improvements & Fixes for the NEW Linked Table Manager (now available to Office 365 Insiders and Office 2019):

    First, I want to say I really appreciate the new Linked Table Manager in Access (as available for Office 365 Insiders and Office 2019) and it's many incredible improvements. However, I have some suggestions to improve usability, address issues and add functionality to it:


    1. Remove / Clarify Repeated Relink Table prompts when Change Data Source Path

    Clarify "Do you want to relink the selected tables in the new data source" as for optional table renaming and replace "Cancel" button for Relink…

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Allow Update of Linked Excel Worksheet

    The patent preventing this was taken out in the early 1990s so it should have extinguished by now.

    Given that this would make Excel much easier to use for charting, which Access no longer has, it would seem time to re-implement this ability.

    Preferably with better control over column data types.

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  5. Who is using the Database?

    On a shared network with a backend/frontend configuration, (or even in a single-shared-file arrangement), please provide a tool that tells us who has the database open.

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