Week in Review: October 21, 2023

Highlights include updateable cross-tab forms with Pat Hartman, George Hepworth's Searchable Catalog project, and Richard Rost's Decision Tree database.

Week in Review: October 21, 2023

Just Published

This section includes videos, articles, and interesting discussions from the past 7 days.



Select Open Source Projects: New Releases

New to Me

This section includes content I discovered this week that has been around for awhile.

Upcoming Access User Group Events

NOTE: Only English-language user group meetings with scheduled guest speakers or topics are listed.  For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the Access User Group event calendar.

  • October 31, 2023: Crystal Long - Two free tools: List Objects from your Access Databases and Code Documenter
  • November 1, 2023: John Heaser - Extending Access with SQL Server – including Geography data
  • November 2, 2023: John Colby - Event Driven Programming: Part II (Part I recording)
  • November 16, 2023: Alexander Denz - ChatGPT in Access
  • November 22-23, 2023: (IN-PERSON!) UK Access User Group Conference (at the offices of Gordon Associates in Cheltenham)
  • December 6, 2023: Mike Wolfe - Streamline Your Import/Export Spec Workflow with VBA Classes
  • January 3, 2024: Ramachandran (A.P.R.) Pillai - Streamlining the Form Module Code in the standalone Class Module
  • February 7, 2024: Carlos Quintero - Features of MZ-Tools to make you more productive with VBA
  • March 6, 2024: Thomas Möller - Better Access Charts in the new Edge Browser Control
  • April 3, 2024: Dale Fye - Working with Command Bars and the Access Shortcut Tool
  • May 1, 2024: Colin Riddington - View & Edit Import/Export (IMEX) Data Task Specifications

Access Roadmap

There were NO CHANGES to the roadmap between the last Week in Review (2023-10-14) and this one (2023-10-21).

The development priorities were last updated on October 12, 2022.

Listed below is a snapshot of the official Access Roadmap.

"In Development", "Rolling Out", and "Launched" are Microsoft terms that I pulled straight from the public roadmap.

"Development Priorities" do not appear on the Access Roadmap.  Instead, they get updated from time to time in official Access blog posts.  I'll include a link to the official Access blog post that lists the current development priorities as they get updated.

Development Priorities

The items listed below reflect Microsoft's order of priority and were published in the following article, Our Road Ahead - Microsoft Access Engineering Priorities Oct 2022.

New priorities added since the previous set of priorities are shown in bold below.  Dropped priorities are struck through.

  1. Continued Focus on Monthly Issue Fixes (Monthly Issue Fix Blog)
  2. Inconsistent Database Error Fix
  3. New Macro Signing Support
  4. New (Modern) Web Browser Control (to support Chromium Edge)
  5. Dataverse Connector Data Type Support for Floating Point
  6. Dataverse Connector Data Type Support for Rich Text
  7. Dataverse Connector support to export to a specific Dataverse solution or publisher
  8. Enabling Large Address Aware (LAA) for 32-Bit Access
  9. SQL Monaco Editor
  10. New Microsoft Graph Data Connector

In Development

Rolling Out



  • APR 2023: Modern Web Browser Control
  • MAR 2023: New Modern Web Browser Form Control

All original code samples by Mike Wolfe are licensed under CC BY 4.0