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  1. Shift F2 Zoom Box

    This Shift F2 trick is useful in a number of places: In QBE grid, in Properties sheet, in forms, etc.
    (a) My eternal aggravation is it is pokey in size. Let us control size; when we re-size it, please have MS Access remember the new size.
    (b) Oh please, oh please, make it remember the font and font size we pick to display its data. You will make us older folks HAPPY.

    9 votes
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  2. Gracefully handle ODBC connection lost failure

    Today, when a ODBC connection is lost, we get:
    (For SQL server)
    A SQL server login screen which (in my opinion) the user should never see in the first place. He has no idea what to with it.
    When/if he cancels, he gets an ugly error message.

    We need to be able to:
    A) Handle that failure gracefully WITHOUT showing the login screen.
    A++) Be able to reconnect without having to restart the application.

    198 votes
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  3. Please make Access able to handle more data types as are commonly used in Server databases

    For example Access cannot handle BigInt in linked tables. This has been in use in SQL Server for many years, but Access can't handle them in linked tables.

    125 votes
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    (Apologies for the irrelevant emailed response earlier)

    Not too long ago we added support for Large Number (Big Int) – https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/03/06/new-in-access-2016-large-number-bigint-support/

    We reviewed all the suggestions below and took note of them. I’m going to mark this topic as Done so you can your votes back.
    If you’d like to ask for additional data type support, please create new suggestion (one for each).

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  4. Provide a modern Chart control

    Please, give us the Chart control, at least, like Excel has. It's impossible to build an interactive dashboard in Access because of lack of functionality and Win95 look. For example, out-of-the-box BoxPlot chart in Excel 2016 is awesome. Why not Access? Or even interactive functionality like PowerView has.

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