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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).
Zoom for more room
Make the font bigger or smaller. Press Shift + F2 to zoom.
Here's what's new in the November feature update, Version 18.11 (11029.20079).
Paint it black, paint it gray
Change the look of Access as often as you like. Four themes to choose from: Colorful, Dark, Gray, or White.
See what's new in the August 2018 feature update, Version 1808 (Build 10730.20088).
See what's new and improved in the May 2018 feature update, Version 1805 (Build 9330.2087).
Visualize data with new charts
Choose from 11 charts and make it easier to understand the data stored in forms and reports. Match fields to chart dimensions and preview your changes instantly.
See what's new and improved in the June 2017 feature update, Version 1707 (Build 8326.2058).
New Label Name property for Access controls makes them more accessible
We've added a new property to controls called Label Name so you can associate a label control with another control. Previously, you had to "cut" a label control and then "paste" it on another control to associate it. Now with the new Label Name property, you can easily type in the name of a label control to associate it.
Associating a label name with a control promotes accessibility because assistive technologies can now detect and indicate the association.
Editing a new value list item is more accessible
We're introducing a new keyboard shortcut that makes it easier to open the Edit List Items dialog box when working with value list combo boxes on your Access forms.
If your combo box uses a value list as its data source and you've set the Allow Value List Edits property to Yes, you can use this new keyboard shortcut. When you have focus on the combo box in Form view, press Ctrl+E to open the Edit List Items dialog box.
See what's new and improved in the March 2017 feature update.
When Access loses the ODBC connection to an external data source, users have to close and re-open their Access databases in order to continue working with objects that use data from those external data sources. Access doesn't attempt to re-establish the dropped connection even if the connection is valid again and there is nothing that users can do to make Access try and reconnect to the external data source.
We've improved this experience so that now if Access loses the ODBC connection to an external data source, Access tries to reconnect to the data source automatically. In this scenario, you'll now see the following experience:
If Access loses the ODBC connection to an external data source you're trying to use, you'll see an error message describing the failure.
Access now attempts to reconnect to the data source automatically when performing operations that require a connection to an external data source. If the retry is successful, you can continue working with the data and database objects without having to close and re-open Access.
If the retry fails, you won't be able to work with objects that use the dropped external data sources but you can continue working with other areas of your database that aren't dependent upon the unreachable data sources.
If you attempt to use data or other objects again that rely on the external data connections, Access tries again to reconnect to the external data source.