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  1. Seamless SQL Query engine

    It is really good to have (if not at the same level) basic MS SQL query syntax with Access. I see over the years it has never been updated.

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  2. RGB Colors in Format Code for Format Property in Query Column

    It would be nice to have more choices than the named colors (Black, Blue, Green, Cyan, Red, Magenta, Yellow, White) in the format code for the Format property of a column in a query.

    For instance, we can do this:
    [Blue]$ #,##0.00;[Red]$ #,##0.00;-0-

    so that positive numbers are blue, negative numbers are red, and zero is black ... but most of the named colors are too bright to show up well.

    It would be nice if we could specify an RGB value instead of only the limited color names.

    A bonus would be for the Format FUNCTION to also pay…

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  3. Abilty to add a drop down list for a query with criteria in square brackets

    Currently in a query if you use Square brackets you can get a box to pop up asking for information when the query is run. Allow a form & combo box to be attached so it can be customised for the data to be picked up.

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  4. Coalesce !

    Please add a "Jet native" Coalesce() function, similar to the one in SQL Server ! NZ() has a lot of issues, like changing the data type, being slow.
    Using iif(xxx is null;yyy;xxx) works but is cumbersome, nad nearly unusable for chains > 2

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  5. Fix query engine issue.

    The sub query, (SELECT Min(Year) FROM tblInsuredInformation AS i1 WHERE i1.RecordID = tblInsuredInformation.RecordID) AS [First Year], in the query below returns various year values that make sense for the data in the database.

    The problem is that tblInsuredInformation doesn't have a Year field. It does have a FirstYear field.

    tblPRFPolicies does have a Year field but I have verified that the calculated FirstYear column is not returning either tblInsuredInformation.Year or tblPRFPolicies.FirstYear. It could be returning Year in some records and FirstYear in other records.

    If just SELECT Min(Year) FROM tblInsuredInformation is run, MS Access prompts for the value of Year,…

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  6. Access Query Designer - fix/enhance behavior of layout window

    When a query opens in MS Access designer, quite often the window (query designer form) needs to be re-sized to be larger. When I drag the bottom of the window down, PLEASE keep the results fields selected "portion" (sub-form) the same size! This will result in the top area being enlarged, which gives me more room to view the contents lists of the objects selected (most often they are tables).
    Wouldn't it be phenomenal if the table lists would also automatically extend vertically?
    I spend a lot of time resizing my query designer windows. (e.g. please automatically enlarge the top…

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  7. Column Order in Queries

    Is it really necessary to re-arrange the column order when I save a query? It tells me MS Access is reducing the QBE grid entries into SQL, optimizing that syntax and when asked for it later the presentation looks scrambled. While this may be needed internally, how much harder can it be to ask the internals to remember the column order?

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  8. improve ACE / eliminate or expand limitations

    Too many queries fail for obscure reasons. E.g., a crosstab that has a subquery somewhere in it. I bet there are already open defect on a lot of these issues from the JET days. Work them! Limitations like the 32 table limitation occasionally get in the way as well.

    (Again hating to spend votes on defects, but it is what it is.)

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  9. 4 votes
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  10. non editable System Queries For Listbox etc.

    Why not enableing the user to select "selected" columns / rows via Query - always looping thru itemselected is not very easy and intuitive.

    Similar is with queries about Tables, queries, forms, reports, indizes fields (like in combobox) and Macros and all the other collections.

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  11. search queries by date or part of the name

    for me it would be very useful to be able to search queries by date or part of the name

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