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  1. Improve organization of posted ideas

    I suggest you add the following new categories and reorganise posted ideas: "Errors", "VBA/VBE", "Import/Export", "Performance", and "Security".

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      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Additional status for tracking Access User Voice ideas

      We currently have: "Need more info", "Planned", "Done!" and "No Current Plan". I propose we add: "Started", "Cancelled", "Accepting Votes" and "Already Supported" so we can better track our ideas.

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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve the Event Model

        We have to develop obscure workarounds for simple Events like MouseOver, et al. At least duplicate what is most common in other languages, like JS.

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        • Improve Binary Data Storage in Tables

          Provide the same binary data type storage options for tables that exist in SQL Server.

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          • Add a Development Tab/Ribbon to the UI

            This exists in the other key Office apps. Why not in Access? Of course, we can create one manually. But why not out-of-the-box?

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            • Allow emailing of Reports in Stand-alone Access 2016

              Emailing Reports from Stand alone Access 2016 no longer works if installed after March 2018. The workaround is to use Office 365.

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                0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • New Property, Filter for Combo Box

                Scenario: Product Obsolete.
                if product is marked as obsolete then we do not want it to appear on the combo drop down list but still must be visible to display historic data.

                The Hack involves hiding a second drop down behind the first with a different rowsource, on click of the first we swap focus to the rear dropdown which then retrieves the required value without effecting the bound tables historical data.

                Can you apply a filter to a combo box, on focus, for addition of records.

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                • Add a property "New Sheet" for duplex printing

                  Similar to the new page property, it should be extended to allow a new sheet. Otherwise, you may get in duplex print scenarios information onto the back of your sheet that has got nothing to do with the front page.
                  In normal print, there would be no difference to the new page property, but in duplex print it would insert a blank page to start the next record on a new sheet.

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                    0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please create global methods to deactivate the CTRL+MINUS (delete the current record) and the CTRL+PLUS (add record) shortcut:

                    Please create global methods to deactivate the CTRL+MINUS (delete the current record) and the CTRL+PLUS (add record) shortcut:
                    • Bug report: In some forms AllowDeletions is mysteriously set to true, even if the form has AllowDeletions = False set (this is only displayed correctly in debug mode). CTRL-Minus then deletes a record without question. Calling Me.AllowDeletions = False in the Form_Open event helps. Access option "Confirm Record Changes" was not set.
                    • In the AutoKeys macro sub-macros for ^{-} and ^{+} are not allowed (but {DEL}, ^{DEL}, ^{X} are possible).
                    • The Access option "Confirm Record Changes" is helpful, but…

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                      0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Ribbon

                      Why No Has Effective WS_EX_LAYOUTRTL For Ribbon .... We Needs Right Alignment Of Tab Ribbon So That Tabs Display From Right Side Of App To The Left .... Could You Help Us , How Can We Do This ? I Have Read The Group Shall Be Align Left And That Is Why Cannot Change The Alignment Of The Tabs ....

                      We Can Create Tab In Ribbon Through CustomUI But Why Cannot Write Like This
                      <Ribbon Alignment="Rtl">

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                      • ComboBox

                        Why Did Not Applied Property ( LineStyle ) For ListBox Or Combobox In Access 2007

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                          0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Line Methode in the normal view of a report

                          it should be possible to use the line method not only in the print preview. It would be good to use it in the acViewNormal of an report or form.

                          e.g. it would be possible to create a grid ... also in the interactive normal view (not only for the print preview).

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                            0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • To make Access grapher to be able to plot graphs from multiple tables...

                            Hello, I would like Access's X-Y scatter plot grapher to be able to plot graphs from multiple tables, much like Excel can. Currently, Excel has a limit on 1,048,576 lines. I have about 1.2 million lines of data from couple tables that I need to plot in sections together in the same plot. If I do it in Excel, the data would need to be stored in more than 2 columns. But in Access, I can store all of the data in 2 columns. Also, at that many points, Excel hangs up during loading while Access does not.

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                            • Extend exporting/importing/linking tables to/from a SQL-Server

                              I think it would be very nice if ODBC-Connections to a SQL-Server would preserve:
                              a) The Primary Key constraint while exporting.
                              b) Constraints like default values while exporting.
                              c) Extended properties like 'MS_Description' while exporting.
                              d) Auto value/IDENTITY while exporting.

                              And also b) + c) while importing or linking tables.
                              While a) + d) still works (sometimes) while importing or linking, it does not work in a one to one fashion.

                              The Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access (32-Bit) is, unfortunately, buggy (or completely broken after v7.3.0) and extremely slow to open even medium-sized databases.

                              Once upon a time,…

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                                0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make a time only data type in Access like the one found in sql server.

                                Many times we need to store only time values in a table, I know this can be done with the current date/time access data type, but a problem arises when you have a time only column in a SQL server back-end table. Access doesn't recognize this as a date/time but considers it as a text.

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                                • Link Relationships Between Groups of People

                                  For example, I use access as a work tool. It would be great if I were able to put the contact of a Research PI as one person and then put the whoever else working in the lab as a separate contact but be able to electronically link the names to the Research PI so that when I pull the PI's name up I can see who else is working in the lab.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Datasheet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • design wizzard to transform old apps in modern design

                                    there are so many good working Access applications but too many look Grey-old like norhwind.
                                    Please make a simple Transformation wizzard for forms to Change the design of all existing forms in one Application. Change Color, font, increase space between controls, bring alle Buttons to a modern design and Standard Actions on buttons with a modern Icon, endless forms with alterning Colors ….
                                    this could increase the value of many Access applications and the Image of access!

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                                    • Replace VBA with .NET Core then make cross platform and cloud

                                      This is a great RAD app, it should be available to all users on any OS. Please keep it relevant. I may turn ancient otherwise cause I'm gonna to keep using it for prototyping!

                                      Access is cool.

                                      Please don't die.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Runtime  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Can we have onClick() events on the bars/columns/slices in the new charts

                                        Love the new charts but can we have onClick() events on the bars/columns/slices so that create drill downs using VBA
                                        Always made me sad that MSGraph had events in Excel but not Access.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Siging VBA Code in accdb databases

                                          Currently we are trying to force the option to allow only digital signed macros and don't use Trusted Path at all. This is working fine with Excel, Word, .... But not with the new Access file format.

                                          Yes we can Package and Sign an Access database. But with this the code itself is not signed. See the following blog where the issue is explained in more detail:

                                          http://www.codekabinett.com/rdumps.php?Lang=2&targetDoc=signing-vba-code-access-accdb

                                          This is really annoying as it currently counteracts our effort to make the client systems more secure.

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