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  1. Integration with Cortana will be critical in a few years


    1. Amazon’s Echo (Alexa), Microsoft’s Cortana and ChatBots are the next big thing. MS Access can be part of this trend making it incredibly relevant again.

    2. Add navigation commands such as “Open”, “First Record”, “Next Record”, “Previous Record” and “Last Record”.
      The “Open” command would be followed by the Form or Report…”Open Sales Order”…”Open Purchase Order”.
      If possible a “Find” command would really rock. “Open Contact Maintenance”, “Find Jane Smith”.

    3 votes
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  2. 8 votes
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  3. Allow VBA to examine whether Access instance is logged into O365 or not

    If your FE is pointing to SharePoint lists but you are not logged into the relevant O365 account in Access when you open the FE it just hangs. It could also be useful to improve SharePoint backend related security.

    3 votes
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  4. To implement the same functionality like in Excel to get the data from table located in web page.

    Usually there are some data located locally and in some web pages. There are some ways to get web page data to access database throgh VBA, but it's not so convienent and universal.

    5 votes
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  5. sub requery

    Better SQL windows for editing
    Easiest wait to see sub query

    1 vote
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  6. Create ACE Engine Redistributable for Access 2016!

    Since Office Click-to-Run Installs can result in the ODBC / OLE-DB Drivers for ACE NOT being visible to the system outside of the VDI install environment, we need a CURRENT version of the ACE engine redistributable package (the last one being from Access 2010 - 6 YEARS AGO!)

    For more info see: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2874601

    10 votes
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  7. Spellchecker in Runtime Version

    The point of Runtime is to allow developers to develop complete database solutions for users.
    When we have added Spellcheck features that work well in the Standard Version, it is frustrating and defeats the purpose of Runtime when it doesn't work for the user where it is really needed.

    11 votes
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  8. picture

    Auto-management for multiples externals images (by record)

    Previous Next Second, Add, Delete

    5 votes
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  9. Enable Password Decryption using a different Password

    Users having the ability to Decrypt the Database is a huge security liability. Unencrypted databases enable Remote Queries which are very simple to create. Even the System Tables can be access by Remote Queries from another database.

    4 votes
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  10. When a datasheet is filtered, the download button should respect the filter.

    If a user has selected the rows that they are interested in by means of the filters on the datasheet they will expect that the download will deliver a spreadsheet with those rows. Instead they are getting the full list of records and must repeat the filter in excel.

    4 votes
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  11. hypertext

    Auto-management for multiples externals hypertexts (by record)
    For multi linked documents (PDF) or multi mail by record

    Previous Next Second, Add, Delete

    3 votes
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  12. Implement Huron project which synchronized local database copies with a SQL database in the cloud

    Many years ago the Huron Project was pulled just as it was about to go to beta. Basically it kept local Access databases in sync with a SQL database master but in a way that was largely transparent to the user. In Western Australia connectivity is an issue so the ability to work offline is essential.

    5 votes
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  13. 1 vote
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  14. query results: duplicate field highlighting

    Add conditional formatting for query results such as duplicate field highlighting (like Excel).

    2 votes
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  15. Would like the Return filter drop down under query design to have more options

    Currently under query design you can use the drop down to return All, or top 5, top 5%, etc. What about return distinct or top n or bottom n or top n %... etc. ?

    2 votes
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  16. Make Access fully MDI

    Although the UI of MS Access has been modernised with Office Fluent Ribbon, Access is not fully MDI - all the displayed objects - forms, tables etc.. still display within the current window. How about keeping up with Word and Excel programs, have the option for each object to display in a separate Window?

    6 votes
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  17. Make Access an SDI program

    I mis-wrote yesterday. What I propose is that Access offer an SDI user interface - Forms etc.. don't have to be modal and display in separate windows. Word and Excel have been upgraded to that mode of display, why not Access.

    6 votes
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  18. Fix query engine issue.

    The sub query, (SELECT Min(Year) FROM tblInsuredInformation AS i1 WHERE i1.RecordID = tblInsuredInformation.RecordID) AS [First Year], in the query below returns various year values that make sense for the data in the database.

    The problem is that tblInsuredInformation doesn't have a Year field. It does have a FirstYear field.

    tblPRFPolicies does have a Year field but I have verified that the calculated FirstYear column is not returning either tblInsuredInformation.Year or tblPRFPolicies.FirstYear. It could be returning Year in some records and FirstYear in other records.

    If just SELECT Min(Year) FROM tblInsuredInformation is run, MS Access prompts for the value of Year,…

    2 votes
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  19. Add the ability to import selected VBA references in the Import Objects dialog

    A frequent task in Access is to import some or all database objects from an existing database into a blank new database. After that, we must painstakingly set all non-standard VBA references in the new database the same way as in the old one.
    It would be nice if we could specify in the Import Objects dialog which references should be copied from the existing database into the new one.

    17 votes
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  20. 1 vote
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