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  1. Why is it so hard to get at database Objects' metadata?

    These items are VERY useful when we are asked to go fix a previous coder/employee who may or may not be with us any more. Elsewhere in this forum others have suggested adding Notes field with date/time stamps for each object. I endorse that.

    Would be really sweet if there was a quick way to get to items like the Description field in a Table definition, the existing Description field for objects (right click on object in Database or F11 window). I note that a right click is pretty quick, but this means you can only see one object at…

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  2. Outlook style navigation control for users when running an application

    Have the navigation pane have two modes. The default design pane or an Outlook style navigation control that can be used by the application. It would have properties that would run various objects like forms, reports, queries or code but no design capabilities. Even allow for multiple navigation control object for multi user roles but the application would only be set to one navigation control in the navigation pane. People are used to the Outlook paradigm.

    11 votes
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  3. Drag a datasheet to Excel

    Instead of manual ctl-A, Ctl-c, open excel, new worksheet, ctl-v.

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  4. 4 votes
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  5. Fix the TransferDatabase command so that it exports tables to Oracle properly.

    When I try to export an Access table into an Oracle database it doesn't retain the input field formats. Everything is converted into a string and the indices are lost. I've contacted Microsoft about this before but got no meaningful response, presumably for petty proprietary reasons.

    5 votes
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  6. Have "native english" Naviagation pane - even if using LanguagePack (like german)

    It's hard to find things if you don't know the exact name in english if you search some things - especially because Help doesn't work / help.

    2 votes
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  7. 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.

    3 votes
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  8. 9 votes
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  9. Allow better control/usage of the office spellchecker

    Often times I want to be able to run a spellchecker on just a single textbox, of just a single row/record. The primary textbox might contain text while other textboxes on the same form could contain references that would not make sense to spellcheck.
    Ideally, as part of the beforeUpdate event of either the textbox or the form, I could run the spellchecker and react accordingly.

    6 votes
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  10. Highlightable property for all controls including rows on continuous forms

    Windows 10 in particular like to highlight controls as you pass over them. This capability should be available for any control and would also be very useful on a continuous form to highlight a particular row as you mouse over.

    3 votes
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  11. Allow Object Model Manipulation of the ctl.Filter.ValueList.RowSource in a Form Datasheet

    The Filter Value List in datasheets is set to scan the full recordset's field to display a unique list. This takes time and i/o in a pure .accdb recordsource and worse, will not work if the recordset is based directly on an ODBC attached source.

    Many Filter Value Lists are sourced from fields which are foreign keys to look up tables - we could intervene by feeding the look up table as source for the Filter Value List.

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  12. Combox - separate what is shown when "open" to what is shown when "closed"

    If you select values via combobox (you open it to show a list of values) then i often want to restrict what is shown there, but if combobox is "closed" (just the result is shown) then i do not want to apply any restriction there. (When closed Show "Select Names form tblAdress" but for show selection: SELECT Names from tblAdress WHERE dept = 1; ) ...

    4 votes
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  13. Make SQL and QBE Smarter


    1. When a query that selects identifiable rows joins to a query that aggregates data, allow rows in the identifiable part to be updated rather than making the query non-updateable. Extend this to heterogeneous joins so if one table in the join is updateable but another is not, allow updates to the updateable one.

    2. Stop smothering expressions with excessive numbers of parentheses. There is no reason that I can think of that would require an individual column name to be enclosed all by itself in parentheses.

    3. Stop reformatting MY SQL strings. I have a work-around for this but it is iffy.…
    31 votes
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  14. Allow JET/Ace SQL To support Multiple SQL Statements and comments.

    This will make the supported CREATE PROCEDURE statement begin to be actually meaningful.

    Also, permit the Query Editor SQL view to RETAIN WHITESPACE & tabs used for FORMATTING (indenting) in the SQL. to enhance readability.

    45 votes
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  15. Expose Swipe Events on Forms so Touch Screens can be Supported

    Add SwipeLeft, SwipeRight, SwipeUp and SwipeDown events at the form level. Tabs could support Swipe Left and Right to move to the next tab. Datasheets could use it to move in the grid.

    12 votes
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  16. java

    Java Driver
    please create a driver for java, so that it would be able to create a android frontend to accdb-databases

    3 votes
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  17. Additional Error Object properties - which procedure, which module, which object, which db

    The error object should be expanded to included properties which can reveal the procedure, module, and object that the error is taking place in.

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  18. Increase the size of the record display in datasheet view footer

    Right now the size is not big enough in many cases depending on the number of records. Since datasheets are usually wide anyway, this can be easily increased.

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  19. Allow disable of filter icon on datasheet at the bottom.

    On many forms I create, I include filtering fields at the top of the form, a filter and clear filter button and the datasheet below. If the user unclicks the filter on the datasheet, this causes issues as the filtering on the form above is not cleared at the same time because the main form does not know about the "unfiltering" below. If the datasheet view had a property that controlled the "filtered" button option. If disabled, just show the word filtered if it has been but not clickable.

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  20. Resolve ODBC / SQL Server issues with NVARCHAR(MAX) and REAL

    Several SQL Server / ODBC data types poorly supported. I have just found that NVARCHAR(MAX) is the recommended SQL Server memo field type but Access is inconsistent in handling this - text larger than 4000 characters fails to update.

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