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If you could ask the Access team any question, what would it be?

Next month Ben and I are once again traveling to the MVP Summit at Microsoft headquarters for our annual pilgrimage to the mothership. It’s a wonderful affair were we get wined and dined and fawned over by Microsoft, and of course meet with the Microsoft Access team! What would you ask for? If you could ask one question of the Microsoft Access team, what would it be? What feature would …Read More

dBase support is back in Access!

After an overwhelming outcry from the user community, Microsoft has again added support for dBase import into Access! The feature will only be for Office365 users but they plan on rolling it out to everyone eventually. Check out the official announcement here. Join us next Tuesday for a great talk on SQL Sequences and how to use them in Access! The Access with SQL Server group is back from vacation …Read More

Find all queries that use a particular table

We just completed a massive 39 database conversion to SQL Server for a client in Tennessee which was quite challenging, we had to not only upsize all the tables, but switch the system from importing/exporting between databases to using linked tables instead. At times we needed to find which queries was using a table, so we used the following code to quickly find a table in all of the queries: …Read More

Insert CreatedBy and CreatedOn in any missing tables

When we design Access with SQL Server solutions we almost always add CreatedBy and CreatedOn to all of our tables, allowing our clients to see who created records in the Access frontend. Script to add CreatedBy and CreatedOn Automatically to tables Many times we inherit SQL databases and we need a quick way to add both fields to all tables in the database. To that end we use the following …Read More

Count all the objects in your database

The other day our company was tasked to convert a lot of Access databases to multiple SQL Server backends. To get a sense for the tasks involved, we needed a way to count all the tables, queries, forms and macros in each database. I did a quick Internet search but did not like any of the code snippets, so I created my own little program that will print out the …Read More

Free Online MS Access Tutorials in August Presented by AccessUserGroups.org

August is here! Summer is winding down, but we still have some great MS Access User Group webinars. We’re also happy to announce that we’re launching a new chapter – the Canada Access User Group. If you haven’t attended one of our webinars before, they are free webinars open to the public – from novice to professional developers – to learn from our live MS Access tutorials. At the end …Read More