Last Build Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2017 03:49:26 PST
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:58:12 PST
Context Menu Creator - useful tool to create Windows Explorer file context menu like Compact, Decompile, Open Exclusively for desired Access file exnetsions.
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:54:51 PDT
Wed, 11 May 2016 07:43:22 PDT
Access SQL Editor – quite useful add-in for Microsoft Access (where we still have such a basic SQL editor, no changes since version 1,0!), allows you to save formatted SQL queries in a Microsoft Access (Jet/ACE) database, with syntax highlighting and comments.
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:20:02 PDT
SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate 3 was released recently, amoung other new features - temporal tables: a system-versioned table allows you to query updated and deleted data, while a normal table can only return the current data.
These are the most common use cases for temporal tables:
See Introduction to SQL Server 2016 Temporal Tables for more info
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:58:55 PST
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 01:34:35 PST
How and when do you get update to your Click-To-Run subscriptions through Office 365? Following article will explain that "mystery":
Wed, 09 Dec 2015 06:26:19 PST
… is out! The Microsoft Access 2016 Runtime enables you to distribute Access 2016 applications to users who do not have the full version of Access 2016 installed on their computers.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:55:43 PST
VBA project password can't be considered as strong protection, but sometimes you have to use it. Unprotecting VBA Project Password article shows a sample code to unprotect project, if you know the password. Same technique can be useful when you need to interact with other programs, which you can't automate with OLE or any other interface.
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 02:32:20 PST
Access 2016 VBA CHM file now made available for download (as well as Word, Excel and PowerPoint), if you need it while offline. Don't forget to unblock it (see Troubleshooting)!
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:12:51 PST
Another way to connect Access and SQL server - ADP+ library from Joakim Dalby, Denmark. Looks like it is build on ADO, and should work the same way as Access ADP. Would be good to know if anybody tried it?
I personally use linked tables and DAO/pass-through tables, tried to use ADP several times, but every time switched back to mdb.
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:44:07 PDT
Access on UserVoice - suggest ideas and vote for others feedback. Access team promised to monitor this site :)
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 06:46:38 PDT
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:52:13 PDT
Access MVPs Juan and Ben staring "Lunchtime" online Access user group at September 29th, mark your calendars and join it last Tuesday of the month at 12 noon CDT!
Details are here Access Lunchtime
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 02:19:35 PDT
Following article is a list of known issues with Office and Windows 10, planned to be kept up-to-date:
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:43:01 PDT
Good to check when you are planning to upgrade Windows or SQL Server:
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:18:20 PDT
Fixes the following issues:
- When you open multiple objects in design view and then try to switch to another view in Access 2013, Access 2013 may become unresponsive.
- When you undo a column deletion operation in table design view in Access 2013, Access 2013 crashes.
- The Conditional Formatting button does not work if the ribbon is collapsed in Access 2013.
- 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.
Fixes the following issue:
When you start Microsoft Access 2010 on a computer that has not been restarted for a long time (for example, 24 days), the CPU usage of the MSACCESS.EXE process becomes high. However, applying this update will reintroduce the problem that is addressed by the hotfix KB2899528 for Access 2010 November 11, 2014. 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.
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:10:32 PDT
There is a great opportunity to join Office 2016 Preview program, so you can learn and try its new features!
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 03:36:12 PDT
Tutorial video from Crystal, Access MVP, helps you to understand migration process to Access App, if you never done this before.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 01:52:44 PDT
Missed ADP projects? ADP+ can help you. this is a Data Access Layer for updatable form and subform and for report and subreport to have a client-server rapid application development framework in Access 2013 connected to a SQL Server database 7.0, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014 and the forthcoming SQL Server 2016.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:14:25 PST
Normally we are using Windows API to access registry, etc. You can a lot of tasks with WMI. The main advantage, as I see, that WMI code works with any Windows version, also 32 and 64 bit, so you don't need to use conditional compilation. Hope it will work on future Windows versions as well…
Here a lot of sample code on how to use WMI for different tasks:
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 02:11:42 PST
For the first time, all the different versions of SQL Server Express from 2005 to 2014 are shown, compared, and referenced with download links. I can’t even begin to share how time consuming it was to put this together and go through all the details of which O/S each version supports. Just because Microsoft web pages list the versions they support don’t necessarily mean it works when you actually try to install it. I’m sure there are still some minor inaccuracies among the SP releases. Let me know if you’ve experienced something different from what we’ve listed.
If you’re using SQL Server Express, you still need to create backups of the database. Here’s how to automate it which wasn’t easy to discover.
The original version of this was written when Microsoft selected us to do a joint Access to SQL Server Upsizing campaign a decade ago. I’ve updated it to better explain why and why not people should upsize their Access databases and an overview of what the options are and what to do.
Our new Upsizing site with links to our whitepapers and Microsoft resources that help with the whole upsizing process and use of SQL Server Express.
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:13:00 PST
If you are dealing with built-in system accounts, like NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM, this code can help you on localized Windows versions, where NT AUTHORITY domain is also translated, for example to NT-AUTORITÄT in German version. You can get localized name using it SID "S-1-5-18":
You have to use this function, when you select system object using Object selection dialog as well.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:51:08 PST
Object selection dialog (or Directory service Object Picker) can be useful when you need to change user right on file system or SQL server. I never used it before and it took me some time to find the right code, which works in Access and VB - Object picker with dispcallfunc.
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:23:09 PST
You can easy use Internet Explorer to do web tasks from your code, like screen-scraping or filling forms. But other browsers do not have COM interface, so Selenium VBA let you do such tasks with other browsers as well. Basically it provides a COM interface to the popular Selenium web testing tool. What you can do with Selenium VBA:
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:50:40 PST
Update: Switching to "SQL Server Native Client 10.0" ODBC driver helps to avoid performance issues, looks like update has effect on default "SQL Server" driver only