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  1. 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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    1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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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  3. Increase visibility when using higher resolutions

    Make adaptations in resizing reports and wizards etc. to ensure readability in higher display resolutions.

    For example in the linked table manager but also when using interactive graphs in forms and some wizards the text becomes unreadable: The line width is too small to show the whole letter.

    If I reduce display resolution it all works fine again.
    Also due to the inability in wizards and linked table manager to change the line width I cant use access at the preferred resolution.

    15 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for posting.

    Being able to increase visibility in higher resolutions and to support high DPI is a well known ask.
    We are adding this to our customers’ wish list, and for now closing this item for voting, so you can get your votes back (and you can add comments to show your support and share ideas).

    Thanks,
    Access Team

  4. Fix/remove the 'Powered by Microsoft Access' button

    Since 2016 clicking the 'Powered by' button in the bottom right corner of the runtime goes to a web page that no longer exists. Looks like it is the same link from Access 2013...

    2 minute fix to make things look a little more professional - OR - remove the feature altogether as I don't see the point if you are not going to promote Access.

    1 vote
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    1 comment  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Create Add-In Store

    I think it would be a great idea to create an add-in store that would allow for developers to offer tools like V-Tools, the FMS Suites, Smart Indenter, and other VBA Add-ins in a centralized, official, and user-friendly location.

    Current add-ins are only available by searching the web, and many results are either outdated, defunct, or unsafe.

    6 votes
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  6. Support BigInt in Access 2016 Runtime

    The Access 2016 Runtime is currently based on the MSI version of Access 2016. It does not support v16.7 file format databases using the BigInt data type and throws an error when trying to open one of these databases.

    Please release a version of the Access Runtime that can support BigInt numbers and databases in the v16.7 format.

    8 votes
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  7. 2 votes
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  8. 14 votes
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    Reviewed for future consideration  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Please can we have the linked Table Manager available for the Runtime.

    When you are installing the Database on a Client's Network, the Server or Shared Drive will have a different Path to the Development PC System.

    This makes it very difficult to install a System on a Client's PC where there is not a full copy of Access.

    25 votes
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  10. Fix longstanding bug where conditional formatted controls can always receive focus

    Fix longstanding bug wherein a control with conditional formatting and properties Enabled = No and Locked = Yes can receive focus. Controls without conditional formatting applied and properties Enabled = No and Locked = Yes cannot receive focus or have their contents selected.

    8 votes
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  11. Please find a way to create 508 Accessible reports and export them as 508 compliant pdf files.

    Right now, there is no way to easily create a 508 compliant document from a database. I have to create a temp table, run code to strip out any rich text, export it as a text tab delim file, program Adobe to import this text file into a 508 compliant document, and then go back to the database, get the photos needed, and copy paste them into the PDF. The 508 wave is crashing down on us, and the inability for Access to handle this requirement is frustrating!

    4 votes
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  12. 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.

    124 votes
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    6 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Add a suffix to copies of objects instead of the prefix 'Copy of '.

    When a copy of an object is made, 'Copy of ' is added to the front of its name, separating it from the original when sorted alphabetically. It would be much easier to find the copy in relation to the original if a suffix was used instead. That way it would be right after the original object when sorted alphabetically.

    80 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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.

    74 votes
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  15. Text Boxes Should Have Visible Spell Checking

    This should be an option for text boxes to have spell checking highlight words that aren't in the dictionary. Similar to Word or filling out text boxes in web browsers, the visible indicator of typos is important. Running F7 to launch the spell checker afterwards is not the same or as helpful.

    35 votes
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    Reviewed for future consideration  ·  3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Improve the built in Date Picker

    Currently the built in date picker is useful only with inputting recent dates. Since you can only navigate month by month if the user needs to enter a date more than a few months away, it can be cumbersome to navigate.

    The Date picker should allow the user to select a month and year to choose the date from.

    Also it would be nice if one could add a time picker to a DateTime control. Either along with the date picker or instead of it.

    The limited usage of the current date picker forces developers to use other solutions when…

    41 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Fix a new issue in 2016 ... email a report... file attachment no longer works.

    when using the email command with an open report, the outlook new email dialog box opens but the file is no longer attached. this appears to have been lost with the most recent update of the office 365 in mid December 2015.

    5 votes
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  18. Please allow users to disable the hyperlink popup that says "Some files can contain viruses or otherwise be harmful to your computer..."

    Please allow for users to suppress this popup, it's an incredible annoyance when you have to click it hundreds of times a day.

    103 votes
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  19. Please update the look and feel of Desktop forms and controls

    I have not found an alternative to developing in Access for creating custom desktop software for small businesses. All of the other options require 2-3 times the development time for the same functionality.

    The forms and controls in Access Desktop need a facelift. Its been quite a while since you've done anything with them. Please update them.

    258 votes
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  20. Better integration with SQL Server Azure

    Web app are too limited to build any kind of complex solution, but Access 2013 web apps are built on SQL Server Azure which is pretty solid. Leverage the relationship with Azure and add features to the existing desktop apps so that they play nicer with Azure databases. Things like the ability to create an Azure databases from within Access, an easy way to upsize existing MDB/ACCDB tables, a native AutoComplete control, etc.

    The best part of this is you can monetize it from the start. You need a way for people to create a small sample database for free…

    146 votes
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