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  1. MouseOver Highlighting on controls and continuous forms

    Should be able to have a property for controls that can highlight when mouse passes over other than a button. Similar to Windows 10 Start menu or other Windows menus. This should also be allowed for a single row on a continuous form. Perhaps this could be a property in conditional formatting.

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  2. Cache all query results locally while in Design view for forms/reports to improve performance.

    Sometimes queries can be expensive, or have errors affecting performance. Currently, if one of these expensive (i.e. very slow) queries is in a form's or control's Data source, (like a Combo Box, for example), that query can be re-evaluate repeatedly and frequently (very slowly EACH TIME) making any effort to edit or design the form a legitimate pain in the keester. Give us the option to cache these query results during development (Design View) so we can work FAST, like Access is supposed to!

    2 votes
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  3. Permit the Properties Window to be displayed in Form View again

    In Access 2003, an object on an open form could be right-clicked | Properties chosen, and then the [Event Procedure] of the object could be displayed. This allowed the developer to open the code behind an object while the form was open and working. This was highly productive for the developer, as the code for open objects could be adjusted, tests run, and further objects adjusted and so on.
    This was removed from Access 2007+ and is a HUGE drag on developer productivity as either the form must be constantly shifted back-and-forth from Design View to Form View --losing the…

    4 votes
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  4. Ability to link refresh linked table to a server (SQL Server or Oracle) I have no access to

    In VBA if I want to change the .connect property to a server where I have no access, the tableDef.Refresh generates an error.
    I would like to be able to relink from DEV SQL Server to PROD SQL Server before deployment even when I have no access to PROD

    3 votes
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  5. Make Access again able to import / export / transform as many file types / legacy files like it used to

    Ability to open and convert .mdb was removed in Access 2013. Put that all back

    12 votes
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  6. 3 votes
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  7. Permit Access handle MultiCore PC

    Permit (from VBA?) to instruct a program to run in a specific Core; so if we have a 4core PC, we can run concurrently 4 programs.

    2 votes
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  8. Table and Field Name Validation

    Validate table and field names when saving changes to a Table to Prevent Special Characters in Table or Field Names or Reserved Words as Table or Field Names.

    7 votes
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  9. Retain Window Size When Object Opened

    When objects are opened, it would be nice if Save also saved the window size (and, optionally, placement)

    8 votes
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  10. Improve design speed on databases with lots of tables attached

    On some clients site I have been working, it's quite frequent to have 200 more linked tables pointing to 2 or 3 different servers (MS or Oracle). In such databases, switching forms/reports to design mode can take a minute or more, clicking in design view in a subform (or back to the main form) takes enough time to grab a coffee. It's often faster to close and reopen in the desired mode than to switch modes.This should be really improved.

    5 votes
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  11. Open Macros in a Narrower Window

    When the macro window opens, it is much wider than it needs to be
    If people write long comments, they can make it wider at that time.
    If the Action Catalog is displayed, the window is so wide that you can't see the scrollbar

    5 votes
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  12. Access Function to return Current GMT

    for proper date control, it would be nice to store a GMT date/time instead of Now() in the current time zone

    4 votes
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  13. Return Expression Builder to VBE

    Make Expression Builder available from Visual Basic Editor, as it used to be in Access 97 and before.
    Currently it can be opened only from query design view..

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  14. 1 vote
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  15. Allow more reliable way of saving pop up windows position and size

    Spent today trying to save pop up form windows size with popular or a dialogue but the windows kept reverting or opened off screen on a dual. Monitor Pc - and I can't tell whether if it persists whether will do properly on a single monitor PC

    2 votes
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  16. Show Tools Vertically

    When the ribbons began being used, we lost the ability to display the toolbox vertically. Despite using the ribbon for several years now, I have not gotten faster at picking up the right tool quickly.

    When the toolbox could be displayed vertically, I practically didn't even have to look at the tools, I knew where they were positionally.

    It is much faster to design when the toolbox can be vertical.

    thanks

    2 votes
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  17. Save Last Path Used

    When Browsing for Importing, Exporting, or whatever, it would be nice to be able to have an option to use the last directory used -- even if the database has been closed.

    4 votes
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  18. Show Columname at top of Property Sheet in Query

    It is difficult to figure out which column of a query that properties are being set for. It would be nice to show the column name at the top of Property Sheet in a Query

    thank you

    4 votes
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  19. EnableEvents

    Currently, if a database is opened through code, it requires gymnastics to avoid running startup stuff. It would be nice for Access to have EnableEvents like Excel does

    thank you

    3 votes
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  20. System help forms - allow resize

    Lots of system help forms (i.E. on Query the search table or the references form in VBA to search DLLs ) are far too small and the user cannot resizre them, why ? Just allow to pull them bigger would help

    3 votes
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