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  1. Create error log file for all messages but it must include enough audit info

    Perhaps like a sql server log file, create a file of with error messages using err.object properties but the records must include application db, user, date/time, object(access object), module, procedure.

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    4 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add a .Workspace property to the DATABASE object. Also, add Properties to the WORKSPACE to reflect whether any TRANSACTTIONS are open.

    There is currently no pointer from an open Database handle to point back to the Workspace it is a part of. There should be - we get away with this because Workspaces(0)(0) is the detault 99.999% of the time. However, what if it isn't? We can't tell form looking at the open database handle, and that's actually pa problem, especially if one needs to react, say in a bit of generic error handling code, to any pending/open/hanging TRANSACTIONS in the relevant WORKSPACE.

    Which brings me to the second point - there is no available STATUS properties of the DBEngine, Workspace,…

    5 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Local Data  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. access 2016 runtime

    Let us know when we can download it

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  4. Improve the error messages - eg tell us WHICH records had Key Violations

    Many of the error messages could be more informative. Those that tell us 'it was not possible to xxxx nn records' could provide information in a table about which records had the problem - like you get with type conversion errors on an import.

    12 votes
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  5. There should be a feature to disable the ability to export all objects in access desktop database

    There should be a feature to disable the ability to export all objects in access 2007 SP3 up to access 2016 desktop database, regardless whether the database is passworded or not.

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  6. wpf

    wpf/xaml Controls and Windows

    allow to insert wpf/xaml Windows to be placed in the forms-container.
    so developers can switch partially the accdb apps to new databases

    12 votes
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  7. Create an "Access Enterprise" version with most of the improvements we've suggested.

    This new SKU would be welcomed by Enterprise IT departments and the professional development community if it lives up to their expectations. You can also charge a subscription or one-time payment for the Access Enterprise runtime's in order to fund the improvements we've requested in this site.

    10 votes
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  8. Column Order in Queries

    Is it really necessary to re-arrange the column order when I save a query? It tells me MS Access is reducing the QBE grid entries into SQL, optimizing that syntax and when asked for it later the presentation looks scrambled. While this may be needed internally, how much harder can it be to ask the internals to remember the column order?

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. CurrentModule, CurrentClass, CurrentProcedure properties

    Create these properties so that when writing VBA Code they can be easily referenced. Example MsgBox "Hello Word", vbInformation, currentModule & " - " & currentProcedure

    8 votes
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  10. improve ACE / eliminate or expand limitations

    Too many queries fail for obscure reasons. E.g., a crosstab that has a subquery somewhere in it. I bet there are already open defect on a lot of these issues from the JET days. Work them! Limitations like the 32 table limitation occasionally get in the way as well.

    (Again hating to spend votes on defects, but it is what it is.)

    4 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Report Events Need To Be Cleaned Up

    You really need to clean up the Report Event Model so that code inside a Report gets fired the same way in Preview, Report and Print modes. It is obvious from the Internet that lots of people have run into this and there is little or no common-sense help on this issue ... this itself is strange.

    If, for example, you add a message box in the OnOpen Event of a report, the message box fires if you run Docmd.OpenReport with the acViewPreview switch but not if you use the acViewPrint or acViewReport switches.

    If you place the same code…

    6 votes
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  12. 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…

    2 votes
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  13. 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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    0 comments  ·  Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Drag a datasheet to Excel

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

    2 votes
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  15. 4 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Queries  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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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    0 comments  ·  External Data Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 9 votes
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  20. 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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