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  1. Generate barcodes

    Access needs a native control that accepts a string and outputs it as a barcode displayed on a Form or Report.
    The most commonly used barcodes these days are:
    Code 128
    Code 39
    DataMatrix
    PDF417
    QR Code
    etc

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcode

    reason for request: there is no easy way to generate barcodes, especially 2D ones with pure VBA without having to reference external OCX/DLL libraries.
    Office (Access, Word, Excel) needs a built in barcode control.

    92 votes
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      11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi Piotr, and barcode supporters,

      It would be good to hear more about what you’d expect from a native barcode control -
      what formats are mostly used? what are other requirements for barcode support?

      Thanks,
      Michal [MSFT]

    • Enhance the SQL Editor

      Some features would be good to developers:
      1) Tabbed SQL Query Windows - allow user to create a query window without binding to a query object (like we do in SQL Server)

      2) Format the query field with highlighting, identation, colors and make possible to even resize the font size. .

      3) Allow intellisense to get [table].[field] list (in A2013 we have it in Query Designer but no in SQL mode)

      4) Split the window in SQL Query and result pane - and make it possible to see result in table or text format (like we have in SQL Server).…

      312 votes
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        11 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide conditional formatting features to datasheets and continuous forms

        As per Excel, it would be great to highlight and distinguish field data between the records displayed. Currently, if a format is set on a field, in a continuous form, the entire column receives that format, whether or not the data value contained, matches the criteria.

        24 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Subform in continous form

          Today we can't use a subform in a continous form.

          132 votes
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            7 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Better integration with SQL Server

            Install SQL Express alongside Access and make SQL Server the default database format instead of ACE. With a SQL Server database Access could and should support all the features it currently supports with ACE. Integrating SQL Server in that way would enable a much greater range of features and use cases to be supported out-of-the box.

            232 votes
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              28 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Fix Problem by using 'SendKeys'

              NumLock should not be influenced by using Function 'SendKeys'

              42 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Hide Navigation Pane In ACCDE Files

                I have never understood why after all the effort put into compiling Forms and Code in Compiled Access databases and then they leave the Navigation Pane exposed so that all Tables are revealed and accessible to end users. Sure you can hide the Navigation pane but anybody can go into Options and reveal that Pane.

                This has been a major negative to Access for me for years ....

                Dick

                27 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Sync data between local/offline and cloud db tables

                  The ability for records to be written locally if they cannot be written to the cloud. On reconnect or user control, resync changes. This should be done with minimal coding by the application developer. Perhaps use Access as a local data store with sync key columns for update to server.

                  Thanks.

                  143 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix saving column order in datasheet view

                    I have noticed this issue whereby you move columns and when the user exits the form, the datasheet columns revert back to the original (pre-saved) order. The work around I found was to hide/show columns, toggle one field on then off, close dialogue and then it will save. Not very intuitive.

                    Thanks for fixing.

                    60 votes
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                      15 comments  ·  Datasheet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • reference

                      the behavior of broken references could be improved. Actually a broken reference leads to strange Problems in Areas that are not directly affected by the reference

                      4 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 18 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to view the Field list in the VBA Code Module

                          When you are in the VBA Code Editor, and you want to refer to a field on the form, you have to flip back to the form to find the field name before you can use it.

                          It would life so much easier if the field names were listable in the code module in the View option as per the Object Command on the Form's Design View.

                          23 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Automating Tasks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Export Report to Word as Good As PDF.

                            It's an Office Product! should a PDF export look better than your own product? I do not even know why Reports have the ability to export to word because they look horrible! I think it would be better if you just took away that feature all together if your not going to fix it... because really who exports to Word when it looks like that?

                            9 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • with accde: create forms and controls at runtime. even reports.

                              how wonderful it would be to have programmatic access to create forms and Controls at runtime (compiled version)
                              Even The ability to create and change reports.

                              22 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Access 2016: Form Property No Border still shows border!

                                Access 2016: Form Property No Border still shows border! Property Popup = No.

                                6 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Attach SQL tables without "dbo_" or give the option to do so

                                  It would be more intuitive to link sql tables WITHOUT the owner prefix.

                                  11 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Access Link Table Manager

                                    In the Link Table Manager, when users chooses "Select All" it should relink all tables at once rather than hitting "ok" button to confirm if that table should be relink.

                                    74 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow arrow up/down keys to move between previous/next row in continuous form

                                      In a datasheet form we can navigate left/right as well as up/down, navigating between different rows of the recordset.

                                      In continuous forms the up/down errors behave the same as left/right.

                                      Nowadays, to achieve the described behavior we have to catch the KeyDown event in a continuous form and MoveNext or MovePrevious with error handling for first/last record etc.

                                      Instead the behavior should be the same as in datasheet form.
                                      There can be an option similar to "Move after <Enter>".

                                      40 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow Control-A to Select All in Query Design View

                                        In previous versions of Access, I could use Control-A to select all fields in a table within the query design view, then Control-Click on the certain field(s) to de-select. It is not always preferential to use the asterisk, particularly if you are doing something other than a delete query. This used to be supported, but looks like it went away after I upgraded to Office365. Thanks.

                                        5 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Replace VBA with VBA.net.

                                          Replace VBA with VBA.net. You exist because of your customer. Develop solutions to your customers' needs, not your agenda. CUSTOMERS' NEEDS = VBA.NET! I don't understand why your company does not grasp this necessity. Good grief!!

                                          30 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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