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Latest updates for Access
New Northwind Starter and Developer Edition templates
These two new templates are designed to teach anyone the fundamentals of how to use Access as a database. Using a sales tracking system, it introduces many Access capabilities like forms, a main dashboard, and reports with charts. The Developer Edition expands on the Starter Edition and shows advanced techniques on how to build rich solutions using Access.
See Northwind 2.0 Starter Edition and
Access Dataverse Connector with Power Platform
Unlock new capabilities organizations need and want like mobile solutions and Microsoft Teams integration. Keep the value and ease of use of Access together with the value of cloud-based storage.
Macros in Access databases from the internet disabled
VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. Therefore, to help improve security in Office, we’re changing the default behavior of Office applications to block macros in files from the internet.
See Macros from the internet are blocked by default in Office for more information.
Refresh, relink, or remove linked tables
The updated Linked Table Manager is a central location for viewing and managing all data sources and linked tables in an Access database. From time-to-time you may need to refresh, relink, find, edit, or delete linked tables. This is because of changes to the data source location, table name, or table schema.
See Manage linked tables.
The Date/Time Extended data type has better precision
We’ve implemented the DateTime2 data type into Access to enhance syntax compatibility with SQL to increase accuracy and level of detail in records that include dates and times. The DateTime2 data type includes a larger date range (0001-01-01 through 9999-12-31) with higher-specified time precision (nanoseconds, rather than seconds).
Improvements to SQL View
Use the Find and Replace dialog box in SQL View to search for and replace text in an SQL statement, which is especially useful for long statements.
Improvements to the Relationships Window
Quickly adjust the table size to reveal additional fields and relationships, select a subset of tables and relationships, and scroll horizontally and vertically by using the mouse scroll wheel.
See What is the Relationships window? for more information.
Improvements to the Query Designer
We’ve added new time-saving options for table objects. In Query Design View, right-click to select Open, Design View or Size to Fit.
Pick the perfect color
Based on your feedback, we’ve added a new input field in the Colors dialog for Hex color values. No need to spend time converting Hex color values into RGB values.
For any property where you can define a color in Access, you can now enter a Hex color value in the Hex box, for example, #0F4C81 or 444.
Add tables with fewer clicks
Use the Add Tables task pane, which stays open while you work, to add tables to relationships and queries.
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Latest updates for Access
Microsoft 365 Insiders, you now have a web site dedicated to you. Go here to find out all the latest fixes and features that are available to you today.
See what's new in the May update, Version 1905 (Build 11629.20196).
The new account manager shows all of your Microsoft 365 work and personal accounts in one place. Switching between them has never been easier.
See what's new in the March update, Version 1903 (Build 11425.20202).
Keep tabs on your database objects
Clearly see the active tab, easily drag tabs to rearrange them, and close database objects with just one click.
Here's what's new in the January feature update, Version 1901 (11231.20130).
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