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Northwind 2010 Web Database is now available

We’re excited to announce that a longstanding Access tradition continues. A new version of the Northwind sample database has just been released. The best way to get to the template is to start up Access 2010, under Office.com Templates, click on Sample Templates, and then click on Northwind Web Database. You can also get the template here: Northwind Web Database.  As before, Northwind shows you what an Inventory/Orders system might…

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Power Tip: Password protect your VBA project

A question came in recently regarding whether you can password protect just the VBA code for an Access database, but not the rest of the database. The answer is yes! Here’s how to do it: In Access, press ALT+F11 to open the VBA editor. On the Tools menu, select <Database Name> Properties… On the Protection tab, select the Lock project for viewing check box. Enter and confirm a password. Click…

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Access 2010 and SQL Azure

This post comes from Russell Sinclair who is in New Orleans showing off the newest Access 2010 features at TechEd. Microsoft SQL Azure is a new cloud-based relational database built on SQL Server that provides highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database services hosted by Microsoft in the cloud. It eliminates the need to install, setup and manage SQL Server, freeing IT to handle day-to-day operations rather than having to manage and…

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Download Access 2010 Runtime, Database Engine Redistributable and Source Code Control

Download Access 2010 Runtime, Access Database Engine Redistributable (office connectivity components) 2010 and Source Code Control Add-in for Access 2010 today! Access Runtime 2010 Available in both 32-bit and 64-bit, you can download the Runtime here – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=57a350cd-5250-4df6-bfd1-6ced700a6715&displaylang=en. It is currently offered in 13 languages and more languages will be offered at a later time. Read this post on features in Access Runtime. Access Database Engine Redistributable 2010 Formerly known…

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Macros search form

Today’s guest writer is Kerry Westphal—our resident macro expert. A common feature in well-designed applications is giving users the ability to quickly focus on the data they care about. A search or filter form allows users to specify criteria to limit the records returned. This also enhances performance because the entire recordset is not brought in. A typical filter form provides unbound text boxes, combo boxes, and other controls where…

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Power Tip: Create an AutoNumber field that starts with a number greater than 1

Today’s guest blogger is Luke Chung, President and Founder of FMS, Inc. Luke has written and presented a wide range of topics related to Access over the years. In addition to their many Access related products, FMS offers a wealth of great Access papers, tips, and video on their site. In Microsoft Access tables, the AutoNumber field type allows you to assign a unique sequential number to each row in…

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Access 2010 BrowseTo DoCmd and macro action

Today’s guest writer is Steve Greenberg, a Lead Program Manager on the team. Steve is responsible for form rendering and the new templates in Access 2010.  Last week the team was privileged to host our MVPs at a conference here in Redmond. During our in-depth talks about Access 2010, some of these MVPs asked me about the new DoCmd and macro action called BrowseTo that we’ve introduced with Access 2010.…

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Access 2010: Design more maintainable apps with calculated columns

When I talk to developers about why they love Access, the most frequent response is always about fast they can build applications that track data. This saves time and money. Calculated columns are a new feature in Access 2010 that is designed to help end users and developers build applications faster, and are easier to maintain. Let me start with a couple scenarios from the Access 2007 templates. In the…

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Cross version compatibility between Access 2010 and Access 2007

Today’s guest writer is Lois Wang—PM for reports and version-to-version compatibility. I saw a question on the Access TechNet Forum the other day that I’d like to share with the community: “I can’t open accdb files in Access 2007 after they’ve been opened in 2010.” Access 2010 brings you many new features (Data Macros, Calculated Columns, etc.) that Access 2007 does not understand. If Access 2007 goes ahead and open…

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Access 2010 deprecated features and components

This post provides an overview of features and components that will be deprecated in the upcoming release of Access 2010. A decision to remove a feature or component from the product is never a trivial one; we therefore have put a lot of thought when deciding to remove functionality. We believe it will benefit the majority of our customers by helping us to make forward progress. Microsoft recommends that when…