Choose where you want to search below Search Search the Community. I have a database designed in I use daily in form view to enter data. I find as I am getting older I cannot see the text well and need it larger. Does this exist in access and if so how do I enable it. So far all I can come up with is to go into the design view and increase each field’s font size.
I tried the magnifier tool but that increases everything and makes it blurry at the same time. I can increase the complete display size but don’t need everything larger. August 10, Fix June 8, Security Update Retail Version May 11, Security Update Retail Version October 13, Security Update Retail Version An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code on a victim system.
August 11, Security Update Retail Version January 23, Issue Update Version December 10, Issue Update Volume Licensed November 18, Issue Update Retail Version For more information, see Access Error: “Query is Corrupt”.
Versions Affected When attempting to run an Update query, it may not run and displays the error: “Query ‘query name’ is corrupt”. Fixes or workarounds for recent issues in Microsoft Access This list is for the perpetual license updates that you download and manually apply. KB , Build May 11, Security Update KB March 2, Security Update KB January 5, Update KB August 11, Security Update KB April 14, Security Update KB January 23, Update Version November 18, Manual Update KB When attempting to run an Update query, it may not run and displays the error: “Query ‘query name’ is corrupt”.
See Access Error Query is Corrupt for more information. November 5, Update KB Recordset property. Changes to a macro may not be saved if you don’t change focus after making a change. July 2, Update KB July 2, Office Update KB March 5, Update KB February 5, Update KB Fixes an Access crash issue that occurs when a form that contains a modern chart in a tab control is loaded in an Access database.
July 10, Update KB May 1, Office Update KB March 13, Office Update KB January 2, Update KB Access may crash when you try to add a lookup column to a related table in the Datasheet view. October 3, Update KB September 5, Update KB July 5, Update KB EXE continues to run after close if accessibility tool or any application that requests an accessible interface is running. June 13, Office Update KB May 2, Update KB March 7, Update KB December 6, Update KB August 2, Update KB May 3, Update KB April 5, Office Update KB March 8, Update KB February 9, Update KB When you link a Microsoft SharePoint list to an Access App, you receive the following error message: ” An error occurred in the client while attempting to communicate with the server.
November 10, Security Update KB This update changes the version number for Access object library. After you copy, paste, or import forms and reports in Access , the color property settings of existing themes are changes. New Serbian locale sr-latn-rs is added to replace the existing locale sr-latn-cs. Additionally, you receive the following error message in the import wizard: There is no object in this control. Templates get a Modern Look and Feel.
Larger “Show Table” Dialog. Tell Me, New Themes. November 27, Manual Update KB When attempting to run an Update query, it may not run and displays the error: Query “query name” is corrupt.
August 6, Office Update KB The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Microsoft Access handles objects in the memory. Note: To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office installed on the computer. March 18, Office Update KB Exploitation of the vulnerability requires that a user open a specially crafted file with an affected version of Microsoft Access. January 3, Update KB September 6, Update KB January 12, Update KB December 8, Update KB On cloud domain-joined computer that has Modern Authentication enabled, domain accounts seem to be logged in but can’t open files.
When you try to use the import text wizard to import a text file that contains DBCS characters in Access , the results don’t align correctly for newly created columns.
August 11, Update KB EXE process becomes high. However, applying this update will reintroduce the problem that is addressed by the March 10, , update for Access KB As soon as this update is installed, fields that are bound to expressions on forms may not be recalculated when the computer has not been restarted for a long time.
July 14, Update KB When you undo a column deletion operation in table design view in Access , Access crashes. The Conditional Formatting button does not work if the ribbon is collapsed in Access After you import a form or report or you copy and paste an existing form or report in an Access app, the theme colors are changed unexpectedly under the control of the newly created form or report.
June 9, Update KB May 12, Update KB April 14, Update KB March 10, Update KB When you open an Access Web App that contains very large data macros in Access , you may receive an error message that resembles the following: There was a problem accessing a property or method of the OLE object.
When you try to delete multiple columns from a table in Access , Access may crash. Assume that you create an Access Web App in Access An error may occur when you save the Web App in the following scenarios: You add a new field, then you set the Index property to Yes No Duplicates , then set the data type to Image. You add more than 32 new fields and then set the Index properties to Yes No Duplicates. After, in this scenario, when you try to open the saved Web App, the error occurs again.
February 10, Update KB You have to click [OK] again to start printing. November 11, Update KB When you click the [Browse] button in the References dialog box, Access may crash. Keeping you connected wherever you are. Zoom for you. Zoom Meetings. See it in action. Zoom Rooms. Zoom Phone. Zoom for Home. Zoom Chat. Zoom App Marketplace. Zoom Webinars. You could ask if many of them have been forced to, or have felt the need to, migrate to another database. The difficulty, of course, would be in finding where these niche projects are being run, maybe under the radar of the corporate IT management.
The reason why it has stuck around as long as it has is there nothing better on the market for what it does. With Access you can create an entire applications. With other software, they are either not as robust in functionality or require two or more pieces of software to create the desired application. But all that aside, what ultimately sets Access apart from all the other is its reporting tool.
The other huge plus is that if your database gets too large, then you can easily upscale it to SQL server express free from MS and use that as a backend. I am right there with you. I am a full time, work from home, Access developer for a major bank in Toronto.
I can make Access stand up and dance. I have been saying for years we need to use something more capable like Visual Studio as a front end, but they wont hear if it.
I wore many hats in the commercial finance world — from the early 80s to my retirement in I criticize MS for a lot of things — such as undieing refusal to make Excel for iPad much more robust — but I praise them for continuing to semi-support Access which would be wonderful app if it could be paired with an iPad. My clients were mainly large companies, and a significant part of my job was to convert Excel projects into Access. The integration of Excel and Access is absolutely superb, and it is a natural progression to convert a series of Excel files into an Access database.
If you look around a large corporate office, you will see that everyone is using Excel. Lots of projects start off being recorded in Excel. As projects develop, the number of Excel files grows exponentially and eventually there are Excel files all over the place; and it becomes quite unwieldy to handle the data.
At this stage, you should convert the Excel data across to Access. I found that the Excel data system starts to get very difficult when the user has more than 20 Excel files holding the various pieces of the data, or when you have several users wanting to use the data.
Also, if the largest Excel file has over , rows of data, it is much easier to move the data across to Access. Because Excel is so dominant, then Access will surely continue alongside it. The big problem I did have just before that set me back a while was making it an executable. It was fixed though, but not by Microsoft. Someone a lot cleverer than I wrote a script and offered it for sale.
Sagekey software I believe was the scriptwriter and I gladly handed over the funds to get a license from them. It would be nice to see Microsoft getting a bit more serious about Access developments. They could begin by hiring the guy or gal from Sagekey that wrote the script which turned my mdb compiled mde files into exe. My generic MIS fitted the needs of many small businesses back then, in fact the reason I landed here is that I have a need for it again, and wish to add some more features.
I do hope that MS will invest some intelligent manpower into Access and develope it further. I am sure that they would find that intelligence amongst the previous writers here or at SageKey maybe? My workplace uses Apple, and I looked forward to developing a database for use in the office, but I could never find anything that would give me the facilities of Access and run on a Mac.
There was a glimmer of hope when it became possible to run Parallels or Boot Camp, but it was a bit late for me, and the office was reluctant to use this for an office-wide application. I have been a user and a developer of Access databases for over 20 years for small companies and now my HOA. I started with Access and the last was All are bit based. Many of the MVP Access gurus voiced the opinion that the bit version was more flexible. The reason I stayed with the bit was I found that the the bit versions were not computable with the 64 bit.
This recently hit home in a sobering and frustrating way. My trusty HP Laptop finally died and I had to get a new one. It seems that the default Operating system is Windows 11 64 bit and in my case included a free one year subscription to MS formerly MS Office I happily set up the new unit and alas, none of my databases would load. My new laptop is also a bit system. I deleted the bit MS and installed the bit version. I soon learned that you cannot run a bit program on a bit OS.
So I need to change the OS to Windows 11 32 in order to provide any support to my clients. There is no easy conversion. Access bit runs happily on Windows bit. I have several applications that do just that. Microsoft have now changed their recommendation, but my customers have lots of apps using Access bit on Windows bit. However, if you then change to Access bit and use Windows APIs, you may well need to do some tweaking to get them to work.
My experience with popular open source software is that the timeline for fixes and upgrades is significantly faster than with profit-driven companies. I beg to differ. Yes, popular open source software fixes and upgrades are fast. Not so much or non-existant for projects that are less popular; e.
Symphytum, Kexi. Sometimes things get fixed quickly. Only if the developer is still actively involved. Some open source projects die when the owner moves on to other things. I still Access all the time, both in the old version and in the latest version in Office I use it for combining data from different sources, creating tools to edit large groups of data, or creating individual and personalised reports from large databases.
I would miss it tremendously. For visualizing data from different data sources for sure PowerBI is the Microsoft preferred solution nowadays. But still, if you consider the proprietary data format not giving a path for transition from access to a successor I get uncomfortable considering that this database should be good for the next 20years.
I have used several existing products in the past 20! With a bit of study you can create anything you want. I have been using Access since the 90s. Then images were so slow to load on a desk top computer but I persevered. With Access I still decided against loading images into the database and simply command-button linked the individual image files using a bit of vBasic code that calls free image handling software. Works great and keeps the database compact.
You hit the nail on the head! I have used MS Access since it came out. It is a bricks and mortar application that can do anything you can dream up. Nothing can touch it. The only significant con I have ever had was the lack of being able to port a full featured VBA app to the web. There are some workarounds. I will keep using it to deliver full featured customized apps at a fraction of the time, cost and hassle of most other tools. Well said, Mark.
It is often the guys in IT who promulgate this anti-Access storyline. No one can articulate why. But it must be done. Free trial on their website. The online community shoutout to StackOverflow especially is great. I would dread having to create forms and reports, and deal with other apps in any other program. Almost anything is possible with VBA.
I have created a library which, in part via Windows API, handles a number of useful things such as localisation, connections to open source databases, security, etc. The future may be more front-end than back-end, at least for developers, but I think it will remain in the desktop environment. But the lack of Web functionality today is an enormous limitation.
Personally, I have looked at dozens of products, but I have found very little that can worthily replace it in allowing the development of Web applications. For me, it is unthinkable to throw away hard-earned VB and VB. NET skills to develop pre-packaged applications on clouds whose location is often unknown. No-code products are too simplistic and low-code products often have pitfalls that make them not as simple as a RAD should be.
Does anyone remember Foxpro? I work for a nasdaq listed global company and in my team we work on data sets, dashboards and reporting. I still use access to make it easy for our team to link data, UI forms to interact with data and VBA to validate business rules about the data. The biggest advantage of Access over python, and other tools is rapid application development.
It has a dbms; a VBA scripting environment that supports procedural modules and object-oriented classes; a visual UI to rapidly create tables, views, macros and table relationships; a method for executing table-level data validation so that invalid records are immediately checked before it is written; and of course — a fantastic and easy to use UI Forms builder to make it easy for users to interact with the data.
The alternative to this is using multiple tools and programming languages which can be time consuming to build, test, integrate, roll-out and maintain. The alternatives may also be costly Oracle, SQL, MySQL etc and require costly personel as it would require someone with skills in various tools and programming languages in comparison to someone who knows Access and VBA.
The reality is, the vast majority of corporations run on excel and make decisions using excel and PowerPoint. By all means, Python and others are good. But no other app so far can beat Access. A business that wants internal ability to tailor their system as they require and not depend on a group of developers to tell the company what it requires. Are future predictions still relevant? FileMaker pro and Alpha software are alternatives to Access.
They have been around longer than Access and are still current. I have developed basic applications with all three. In the old days it was pretty expensive to add components that were beyond my skill level , like a scheduling calendar for instance.
There are so many no code applications in the market now, that have these features built in. Access etc. How can you build a basic business app without calculated fields!
At first, yes, it has drawbacks stuck on windows, web shortcomings, 2GB limitation , but it offers. I wonder, which of the alternatives give a similar offering, beyond simple list designers?
It is a fact though, that millions of SMBs out there, the backbone of economy, find it irreplaceable and obviously, this is the reason why MS is keeping it alive.
Needless to say, there are a lot of people out there who rely on Access, as well as the number of developers who find the potential task of having to convert all of the existing Access systems to a new platform, financially daunting, to say the least.
Access is dying but that decision was made nearly 20 years ago. Microsoft has made no substantive changes to Access. Access is still limited to 64k rows. Databases are limited to 2GB. A normal progress of development would have had more data tools and fewer data size limitations.
So there was NO development worth spit. Access is dead of intentional Manual Strangulation. Are you kidding me? It has been my bread and butter, but in the last several years, I have heard from clients who believe it is a dinosaur. That makes me sad. Yes, MS missed the boat on creating a successful web-based program.
But not all companies need that. And with the better remote options, like Team Viewer or whatever, working virtually on your desktop has come a long way. And linking up to a sharepoint or SQL backend, gives you additional options. But I am biased. I had done much work with Appleworks — a flat file database in the days when RAM on computers was measured in kb rather than mb or gb. Needless to say, I soon outgrew it and needed a relational database for what I was building. Originally I tried FoxPro, which I found unintelligible at that stage.
Neither was particularly friendly to a self-teaching novice and each hid the nuts and bolts — supposedly a desirable feature and, perhaps, for some it was because that seems to be the way of most modern database tools. Yes, perhaps this is only of relevance to me and a result of my lack of coding skills and fundamental facility with programming and other computing concepts.
However, what I learned from using Access did allow me to develop quite useful applications for a library environment that could be utilised over a network by a double-digit of branches quite effectively. It enabled me to semi-automate and reduce or eliminate manual errors in many common processes where even if there were more robust and sophisticated alternatives, the non profit institutions for which I worked in no way had the budgets for them.
Never-th-less, I have continued to utilise Windows for my database work, purely because there was nothing similar for the Mac. Now retired and just wanting a relational database for my own pleasure in creativity and building personal applications that can make my life easier, I have been looking for another relational database that offers what Access did and that is at a price I can afford.
Except for the phases where you used Macs, my experience is almost identical. I was not an Comp Sci Major in college but needed some simple tracking apps for very specific processes where I worked at my first job. I started using Access when managing the process got too big for Excel. Instead, it opens a document at the last zoom level you used. Excel for the web doesn’t support saving the zoom level, because the View tab doesn’t have a Zoom group, so you must use the status bar to change the zoom level.
As a workaround, consider opening the file in Excel Desktop to save the zoom level using the following procedure. On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom. To save a particular zoom setting with your document or template so that it always opens with that zoom setting, you must make a change in the document or template first.
That can be as simple as adding and deleting one character or a single space. Quickly zoom in or out On the status bar of your Office app, click the zoom slider. Notes: Word doesn’t save zoom settings in documents. Quickly zoom in or out of a document, presentation, or worksheet. You can choose how much of a document, presentation, or worksheet you view on the screen.
July 22, Extra Free Download Connectivity to existing text files is also supported. May SP2 KB All the public updates that were released through May and all the cumulative updates that were released through April April 9, Hotfix KB Assure that the drivers that are included in Microsoft Office or Access Database Engine are installed on a computer.
You create an Excel spreadsheet that contains a data connection to an Access database on the computer. When you open the spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel and then update the data in the spreadsheet, you receive the following error message: ” Could not find installable ISAM “. This issue also occurs if you create the spreadsheet in Excel and then open the spreadsheet in Excel However, the application does not run on a computer that is running an earlier version of Windows.
This issue does not occur if the hotfix that is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article is installed on the computer that is running an earlier version of Windows: For more information, see Microsoft’s page “Type Mismatch” error message when you run a VBA macro in a bit version of an Office application KB June 28, SP1 July 15, RTM Introduced bit version of Access. Dropdown lists for a table can be modified in place. Whenever any table is updated, all reports referencing the table are also updated.
Sept 10, Update KB Oct 25, SP3 KB In addition to general product fixes, this includes improvements in stability, in performance, and in security. Aug 31, Hotfix KB June 10, Hotfix KB Apr 27, Hotfix KB Feb 23, Hotfix KB Dec 15, Hotfix KB Oct 27, Hotfix KB Some files objects can be deleted from the Navigation Pane even if you do not have permission.
Combo Box becomes transparent when losing focus. Aug 25, Hotfix KB Calculated Field changes value while scrolling. June 30, Hotfix KB Last Row not imported. Also fixes the continuously flickering screen when you open a report that contains a graphic chart in Report View or Layout view. Apr 29, Update KB Apr 24, SP2 KB Display issues that cause calculations to appear incorrect in some cases.
Fixes the Import data wizards, report printing and previewing, macros, Excel integration, and date filters. Fixes conditional formatting in Mozilla Firefox browsers. Adds the following features: Exports reports to Excel. PDF Exporting feature is now built in. Supports memo fields in the mailing label wizard for addresses. Improves connections to cubes by using. Improves the performance of programmatic scenarios.
Improves support for generating Excel Web Access Web parts on new sites. Recognizes trusted locations set at the machine level. Oct 3, Extra Necessary to support connection strings using “ACE. Dec 8, SP1 KB Jun 24, Hotfix KB Then, you reopen the database. After you do this, you cannot use some menus or some menu items.
Or, the project may take longer than expected to respond to actions that are performed on the project. Apr 11, Hotfix KB Then, you right-click the subform. When you do this, the default shortcut menu is displayed instead of the custom shortcut menu.
Apr 8, Hotfix KB Jan 27, RTM Ribbon interface, tabbed objects, report view, datasheet totals, simplified filtering, split form, output to PDF, date picker, graphics on buttons. Replaced database container with navigation pane and search. Attachment and multi-value field data types, form object anchoring, Web Browser control, image control with control source, directory level trust Enhancements.
Requires Windows XP or later. Working with bit fields in SQL Server tables. Prevent unexpected closing. Sept 18, SP3 KB Some fixes that are included with Office SP3 were previously released in separate updates. Office SP3 combines the previously released fixes into one update. Sept 27, SP2 KB Office SP2 combines the previously released fixes into one update. Oct Tool The Access 2. May SP1 KB Also, includes many performance and feature enhancements to Microsoft Office Access Nov 27, RTM Windows XP themes.
Databases can be created with digital signatures. Explicit database trust to run VBA code. XML Support. Microsoft Access , Version 9. SP2 KB 9. New MDB Jet format with record locking. ADO and Unicode. Microsoft Access 97, Version 8. Part of Office 97 Suite. Hyperlinks added. Microsoft Access 95, Version 7. Added to Office 95 Professional Suite. Supports ActiveX controls. VBA replaces Access Basic.
Requires Windows 95 or later. Microsoft Access 2. Supports Windows 3. Microsoft Access 1. Runtime Versions of Microsoft Access. They install the runtime program and run your database. Microsoft Access Runtime Downloads.
VB6, Visual Studio. NET, etc. External programs have to install ACE separately. It does not support databases with the Large Number data format introduced with Access ‘s March release. References and Acknowledgements. To compile the information on this page, we conducted extensive internal research and are grateful for these references: Microsoft’s TechNet Office Updates Page Allen Browne’s Access Versions.
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I have a database designed in I use daily in form view to enter data. I find as I am getting older I cannot see the text well and need it larger. Does this exist in access and if so how do I enable it. So far all I can come up with is to go into the design view and increase each field’s font size. I tried the magnifier tool but that increases everything and makes it blurry at the same time.
In the Zoom dialog box, enter a percentage or choose any other settings that you want. Word doesn’t save zoom settings in documents. Instead, it opens a document at the last zoom level you used.
Excel for the web doesn’t support saving the zoom level, because the View tab doesn’t have a Zoom group, so you must use the status bar to change the zoom level. As a workaround, consider opening the file in Excel Desktop to save the zoom level using the following procedure.
On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom. To save a particular zoom setting with your document or template so that it always opens with that zoom setting, you must make a change in the document or template first. That can be as simple as adding and deleting one character or a single space.
Quickly zoom in or out On the status bar of your Office app, click the zoom slider. Notes: Word doesn’t save zoom settings in documents.
Quickly zoom in or out of a document, presentation, or worksheet. You can choose how much of a document, presentation, or worksheet you view on the screen. However, it is worth to mention, all of above databases can be moved to Web in no time.
And that is not possible with Access. But the tools are there. And free. Hi, I am a rental business owner, I learned to use Access without code over a 9-month period in There are four tables in our database, customer records, equipment records, job records and rental monthly snapshot records. This allows viewing of individual customers and groups thus: — Equipment rented — Contractual dates and financial information — Dates of installation and maintenance — Alerts to carryout statutory pressure tests, change cartridges, servicing etc.
Our staff, with our Access database application on their PC can connect with the SharePoint Lists all updating and viewing the same data from anywhere.
We own the application and the data. My point is just how brilliantly useful Access is. I suspect the potential of Access is not fully appreciated and valued by businesses. I agree! I learned Access in short order while working as a temp as an administrative assistant. I mail merge all that information into word templates I created for all kinds of pleadings and letters. They tried a web-based case management software and decided to scrap it after a few weeks. I fully agree with what your saying.
I have built several business and personal applications that I use on a daily bases. There are no intellectual property rights for developers. Everything is shared with the community. It has been my bread and butter for over twenty years. Access could have been the premier development platform for small to medium size applications but Microsoft completely blew it!
Have the ability to create a standalone executable application. Have the ability to convert an application to a web interface. Get rid of the stupid ribbon and have more flexibility in developing the UI. Is there any possibility of creating either by a group or a company such an application development tool with all these suggestions included and available either at a reasonable cost of one time purchase or as a free tool?
Agree with you? MS showed a lack of vision on what Acceess could have been. They have hust ceded cloud based db app territory to others. An enjoyable read. The truth is that Access has no rivals.
This is a shame because there are some problems with it. The other problem is Access gets a bit messy for big projects. If you split it into separate modules that helps but then you have multiple copies of your library code or at least on Access I had that problem. I totally agree.
MS Access is such a cool app to focus on delivering values and not spending hours on finding how to solve technical issues. In connection with projects handling huge amount of data that needs to be cleaned or updated, it is so much faster than excel or other. The only reason why everyone is using Access is Office dependency. Not Access dependency. Office, as well as Windows. This two dependencies are not to take lightly, particularly in the developing countries. Access has proven to provide us the best overall value for many years.
We can easily create and manage small applications with no assistance from IT. Microsoft will continue to support it indefinitely. There are way too many Microsoft Access applications in production-critical business areas to simply pull the plug.
I am just a dumb redneck from MO who was fortunate enough to get exposed to MS Access nearly 20 years ago. During the last two decades, I have been able to develop many applications to manage data, and give users functionality that they would not otherwise have thanks to MS Access. While all of the things I have been able to do with MS Access are possible through other means, it seems like finding developers in the workplace who will make these things a reality are few and far between. I listen to people in I.
There solutions are SharePoint forms that are very simplistic and limited compared to what you can do with MS Access. Yes, I can create a SharePoint form on the Intranet in minutes for someone to add data to a table. However, giving someone options that are molded to their specific working environment is not an option with those forms. My databases that I have designed over the years with MS Access are applications first and databases second. I have designed everything from a simple personal contacts database to a custom form that allows the workers in my field of work to make phone calls from an Access form that queries contacts from multiple data sources.
I work as a power grid operator who has to call people out when power outages occur in a timely manner. The user then selects the first name in the list and clicks a call button on the form. A phone call is initiated with the calling software our phones use dialing the number selected from the list in the Access form.
The reason for someone to say that MS Access is irrelevant, when it can perform a custom workplace function like the one I have given in this example, can only be explained by one reason — the people making that statement do not know how to use MS Access to its full potential. I have done many things with MS Access over the years that have made places I have worked more productive.
People are mesmerized by some of the tools I have created for them with MS Access. We have an Outages Calendar that we manage with a SharePoint form on our Intranet, and I used Access to tap the data in that calendar and place the data in a custom form that displays a full screen view on large monitors in our work area with the upcoming work we are expecting on our power grid.
The form also has a feature that allows us to toggle between that screen and a full screen view of the weather radar on these large monitors for defined time intervals. We have some really cool tools that many people see when touring our facility.
They have no idea that a software that is part of the MS Office Suite is what is making major parts of our operation click. Even with some of the custom applications I have been fortunate enough to design with MS Access, I have only used a minimal amount of its full potential. If it can make it until April , I will be one happy man. Thank you Chris. You are spot on. The overwhelming majority of individuals who have developed Access solutions, did not utilize sound, structured programming techniques and thus created poorly designed databases.
Quick Hits I commend you for taking the time to learn and do it right. If you take the time to explore the current and future business requirements of a project, then you will know if Access … and how Access can be a benefit. I love Access and VBA. If you do it right, understand its configurations and specifications … utilize industry-standard best practices flexible, powerful and secure systems can be developed, deployed and sustained to support a majority of business needs at a fraction of the cost of larger systems.
You just have to learn how to use it properly. The organization I currently work for was hit with a system-wide online virus that crippled their business for a few years. Now, they need to revamp, secure and optimize their legacy on-prem Access solutions.
I thank this application because it has gotten me where I am today, working with data! Thank you for sharing your story, do you know if there is a group or forum of Access user fans where we can get together? I would love to hear more stories and experience such as yours. Thanks Chris for the refreshingly positive examples! I have carried through my Contacts DB and Investment Manager until today and they still have features that no other product on the market can rival.
Whenever I needed a new feature I just created it. The flexibility is huge but I just had to learn as much as I needed. I am still running Office on Win 7 and have no issues with minimal maintenance and very high productivity. Populist software changes often with few new features or removal of useful ones just for the sake of changes are a killer of productivity.
I will soon have to move to Win 10 and dread the effort of changeover will Access still run my applications without major adjustments? In my opinion consistency and reliability and backwards compatibility are the most important features of any software.
Hi Chris! I have also creating many applications for our agency. You name it, I developed it in Access. I LOVE the app and the apps are all so dependable.
I was wondering if you encountered the last release. They somehow broke control of the. It broke the ability for multiple users to open. First one in locks it exclusively. We had to revert back to. SOOooo frustrating. Maybe I should convert all my backends to SQL but I love the ease and flexibity of just linking to an Access data file. So nice to see another developer out there like me who sees the intrinsic value of Access.
Many in our IT staff demonize this app and are also completely ignorant of how it even works. Take care, Kennedy. I was stuck with simple librarys for storing tables in files. A full relational database, more so than FoxPro. Proper SQL queries. For the sorts of things people do in business there never was anything better and after 30 years still nothing better.
I keep looking. The only rival where I was working was Lotus Notes. The secretary could generate a database and send out a form by email and have answers typed directly into her database. It took her about 10 minutes to do that.
I really could not do that in Access. Obviously IBM killed that product it was cutting their bespoke programming profits. The only other way of getting the same result as Access would be to use an Integrated Development Environment and code it all up in a compiled programming language. You get a better result but it would take 10 times as long. It is just so easy and intuitive to use and allows me to attach local and online links to entries.
So arrogant to drop Microsoft Access, i have been a supporter since Access2, Using large amounts of VBA and automation some bespoke programs can be created, totally not available off the shelf, and a far cry from a contact database. Standalone databases not on the web still have a place in business. Keep Access going we have made you a fortune over the years. They want everything online.. You cant very well protect your data by having nothing but intranets and closed systems can you? How dare you!
We used Access in the same way for many years, but moved away from it, favoring SQL scripts over GUI-based operations because scripts allow better repeatability, modifiability, QA-ability, self-documentation, and version control. I expect to see it in future antique shops and museums much like the toys from my youth are now displayed….
Google Forms for what I catch is a single table form presentation for a spreadsheet, by nothing a database handling and linking different tables. The only real downside to MS Access is that it cannot be effectively deployed via a browser.
This limits internet access to an Access application to a virtual Windows desktop environment like a VM or Citrix. Access is a great front-end GUI and report-writing solution for small to medium companies as well as departmental apps. The new direction of Microsoft to the Power platform is great and Access can to some degree work within that framework.
Over the past two years I have been developing a robust data modeling and administrative system that integrates across numerous functions and applications.
It uses Access a conduit for data transformation and publishing. I completely agree with you Phil, and to add, I think that MS Access has become one of the most underestimated tools over the past few years.
Where I live almost every medium sized company and quite a few large companies have moved over to O and are beginning to take advantage of SharePoint, PowerApps and Flow. I always create my relationship based tables in Access and then upload to SharePoint. This gives me the ability create a fully relationship based data-sets in SharePoint within minutes. And as you mentioned, the mere act of opening Access with an internet connection automatically backs up the data and also gives users the ability to perform offline tasks… Amazing!
It is imperative that MS Access is supported for Microsoft NET6 on VS, as the demand for such developers is growing day by day and we will be able to use Access skill for next 10 years. It is easy to link to multiple Excel or. CVS files and do regular, right and left joins using Access. If there is a cheap or free tool that does it as well and easily, would love to know about it, but until I find a replacement, for this tool alone, I would truly miss it if it were gone! The article completely ignores the online support angle.
The level of crowd-sourced support is just astounding. You Google the problem and get nothing. Oh, and the fact that Access has changed so little over the years? It means that the subroutine you find online from will work today.
Same with the instructional videos. Makes you realise in the end these new features are just not worth spending the time learning. Show me any other product out there where you can develop complex DB application from analysis to deployment in less 15 minutes.
I do hate it, but will miss it if Microsoft nix it. I am sometimes amazed that some of these databases even work when I see how badly the tables are designed, and the associated VBA, queries etc. Access is unique, because it is a database that comes with a full set of tools to build a functional application. Or you could call it an application builder, that comes with a database! There are many of these legacy applications running well under current versions of Windows and many clients who would be lost without them.
They have a very large customer base that depends on it. One thing about Access that many developers love: it has a small footprint and is highly efficient. New highly specialized applications can be developed quickly and relatively cheaply.
The downside with Access is security, but when it is deployed on a network, network security takes over and these applications run securely. Access rocks. The ribbon sucks. Microsoft totally blew it with the later versions that it developed. Access could have evolved into an extremely powerful tool for small to midsize applications using SQL Server as its database.
I used to work for a company that was developing applications in dot net using C sharp. I am still clinging to Office for that same reason. At work I use Access desktop version to store and combine data from different sources f. To me, storing data in Excel is like summoning the evil one.
MS query in Excel is painfully slow and data integrity… number stored as text, oh my! Access does all that, the query builder is terrific, and you can build and automate reports in no time. You have no idea how much time I save with reporting only.
Btw, try sharing data with an external company via Sharepoint, Teams, Onedrive if your global sysadmin acts like Mordac, the preventor of information services. Mail an Access report or exported query and everybody is happy. Hello there! One thing Assess in not that good is a security.
And this is not discussed in length or not even mentioned. Security this days is a paramount and no matter how much Access is good as a tool, it is not safe for anything more than a home usage.
Yes, the SQL Server can be used, but than it is not a standalone database, and multiple licenses are needed. Still, one can connect and dump the data which is exactly against the security principles. So, decisions, decision, is Access for domestic usage or corporate?
I am getting daily questions on how to move Access to the Web. The interest is huge. I contributed to the invention of Information Engineering. I have experience.
How do I download it? This thread is locked. You can follow the question or vote as helpful, but you cannot reply to this thread. I have the same question Report abuse. Details required :. A download manager is recommended for downloading multiple files. Would you like to install the Microsoft Download Manager?
Generally, a download manager enables downloading of large files or multiples files in one session. Many web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 9, include a download manager. Stand-alone download managers also are available, including the Microsoft Download Manager. The Microsoft Download Manager solves these potential problems. It gives you the ability to download multiple files at one time and download large files quickly and reliably.
It also allows you to suspend active downloads and resume downloads that have failed. Microsoft Download Manager is free and available for download now. Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.
Warning: This site requires the use of scripts, which your browser does not currently allow. See how to enable scripts. KB Articles: KB Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8. Warning: This site requires the use of scripts, which your browser does not currently allow. See how to enable scripts. The biggest change is the ability to easily create database-related web apps and use them through SharePoint that colleagues can access.
This free trial will allow you to easily maintain a database for your business or project. The biggest new feature is the ability to create Access apps that are fully compatible with SharePoint. Online Access app templates are designed for collaboration with colleagues, but there are also offline apps for local databases. After selecting from a variety of templates you will need to select a type of data to be tracked, such as contacts or tasks. The app will then generate the database structure, navigation, and command interface.
The focus on Access apps does have a few drawbacks for those seeking older database tools. It is possible that these features were rarely used in the version, but it would have been better if Microsoft improved these tools instead of omitting them.
You can still use Microsoft Access to create standalone databases instead of Access apps, but there are not handy tutorials and templates to guide new users. Data creation is entered from either the toolbar or corresponding hotkeys.
The main tools such as Table, Query, and Form all return, along with new menus to quickly list different SharePoint and Access apps. The look and feel of Access apps depend on which template you select. Some of them are better suited for displaying timesheets or orders, but might be a poor choice for graphs and charts. All of the fields and interface will depend on the template you select.
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