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  1. Join desktop and web database into a single solution that renders HTML5 user interface

    When database is created it should be possible to use it as a desktop database or to publish it onto for example IIS for a web usage without any changes to it. The publishing engine should be capable of rendering forms as a HTML5 user interface. VBA functionality should be interpreted as server side and or client side VB Script. Probaly forms should be saved as XML for that purpose.

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    • SQL View - Add replace to edit mode

      If in SQL View of a query it is extremely annoying not to have the replace command handy.

      19 votes
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      • Enhance Vertical Text to turn 90, 180, 270 degrees

        Idea here is, that you should be able to turn text a) not only top to bottom but also b) flipped and c) bottom to top

        17 votes
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        • Make it possible to stop Access Desktop from being an Automation Server so that security is improved

          Currently, if a user has Access running, much of what is meant to be secured can be accessed from another program, e.g. Excel, via Automation. This is not good.

          19 votes
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          • Provide a better link to Outlook especially for adding appointments

            I have always wanted to be able to add appointments to Outlook via the link to the PST file using an append query.

            9 votes
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            • Drag Tabs to Rearrange

              When in tabbed View, it would be nice to be able to drag tabs to rearrange them

              thank you

              21 votes
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              • Need a better SQL code Query debugger

                When complex SQL code in queries fails because of invalid syntax, you are not allowed to switch to design view mode to more easily spot the error- you must fix the error first.

                A more robust error checker and formatter would be a big time saver.

                6 votes
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                • Multiple Positioned SubForms with Sizers

                  Allow a form to be MDI(or similar) so that you could place multiple subforms in a single form with framing, positioning and resizing… like Outlook

                  8 votes
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                  • Add a new operator to Group By queries

                    Let's call it something like "Concat". It would concatenate values in a field instead of summing them.

                    Take this query:
                    SELECT Product, Concat(Color) FROM ProductColors GROUP BY Product. The result might be something like this:

                    Flag Red, White, Blue
                    Tractor Green, Red

                    9 votes
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                    • Open Query in SQL View

                      Please give us the ability to open a query in SQL view directly.

                      Also, when designing a query, don't process the records until we go to Datasheet View.

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                      • Table column count to the same than in SQL Server

                        It makes it much simpler to create applications if 254 column restriction is not applied like in Access. Unfortunately in Engineering system I can't avoid using more than 254 columns. Computer speed is not anymore a problem so why to have that limit.

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                        • Please allow the storing of comments in the SQL of stored queries.

                          If a query is at all complicated, it can be good to store comments, but this is not possible currently in Access.

                          18 votes
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                          • Add capability to call stored procedures with DAO

                            Please add the capability to call stored procedures in a remote ODBC database with DAO, like it existed in the past with ODBC-Direct-Workspaces.
                            Pass-Through-Queries are only a kludge because parameters have to be concatenated into the sql string.

                            21 votes
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                            • MsgBox Custom Choices

                              With MsgBox, we can process vbYes, vbNo and other built-in choices ... it would be nice to be able to have 3 custom choices ... ie: vbCustom1 and vbCustom1Caption, vbCustom2 and vbCustom2Caption, vbCustom3 and vbCustom3Caption,

                              14 votes
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                              • DSN less connection wizard

                                Please design a wizard for dns-less coonections to SQL databases. Make it easier to use Access as frontend devolpment for different situations.
                                Other RAD tools have this already.

                                11 votes
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                                • Enable Ctrl-Spacebar to Popup Intellisense in Queries

                                  When designing queries, it would be nice if Ctrl-Spacebar could be used (as in VBA) to pop up intellisense when typing expressions, criteria, AppendTo, ...

                                  10 votes
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                                  • Ability to Show Property Sheet and Field List at the Same Time

                                    This is not new ... just missed! We used to be able to show the Property Sheet and Field List at the same time ... I miss this a lot!

                                    12 votes
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                                    • When switching back to design view from the IDE, select the last selected design object.

                                      When multiple forms are open and you go into the VBA IDE and then switch back to the GIU view, the object that was selected is no longer selected or the object that thew the VBA error is no longer selected. Furthermore, you can't just select the object from the tabs. You first have to select another object before you can select the one you want.

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                                      • Easier way to backup data

                                        Please add a standard way to backup your tables to an external database ( file or SQL) on time or in the case of a certian event.

                                        9 votes
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                                        • add event: Before Leave Record

                                          an event that would be nice to have is Before Leave Record. This would enable a main form/view to ensure there are are actually detail records

                                          15 votes
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