Microsoft Access 2016 Macros: Show All Macro Commands
The great debate of whether to use Microsoft Access macros or the higher level of VBA code will linger on until the end of time (or realistically, Access is discontinued)!
In the meantime, most Access developers will continue to lean towards Access VBA but the majority of power users, self-taught Access designers will still embrace the ease of g using macros to automate their databases.
Note: Please make sure you have checked out the licence agreement and understood the terms before deploying the above run-times. Search on Microsoft’s website for further information.
There are two versions of the currient Access 2016 application. Make sure you have idenrtified which operating system you have installed (including the correct Windows o/s too) as you can choose between the 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
All versions can only run from Windows 7 or higher and that may need some updates added first.
Microsoft Access 2016 Runtime Now Available For Download
Microsoft Access 2016 provides a rich platform for developing database management solutions with easy-to-use customisation tools. If no end user customisation is required (including report modifications), you can choose to distribute those Access 2016 solutions so that they run without requiring a full installation of Access 2016. To do so, you must package and distribute your application with Access 2016 Runtime.
Comparing Microsoft Access 2016 App and MS Access Desktop Database
Here’s an overview of the comparisons between using Microsoft Access 2016 App and the desktop version.
An Access app is a database that you design and modify in Microsoft Access 2016 and use in a standard web browser. The data and database objects are stored in SQL Server or Microsoft Azure SQL Database, so you can share the data within your organisation using on-premises SharePoint or Office 365 for business. An Access App is created either from a template or from scratch.
Generally, a desktop database is a database system created to run on a single computer. Desktop databases are much more limited and constrained than larger data centre or data warehouse systems, where primitive database software is replaced by sophisticated hardware and networking setups.
An MS Access desktop database helps you store and track any kind of information such as inventory, contacts, or business processes. Like the Access app, you can also create an Access desktop database by using a template or creating it from scratch.
How to identify the two types of Access templates? An Access app template has a globe icon in its picture and the title of the app does not contain “desktop.” For example, “Asset tracking” or “Custom web app.” While an Access desktop database template has no globe in the picture and its title has “desktop” in it. For example, “Desktop asset tracking,” or “Blank desktop database.”
Welcome to a brand new year – 2016 which continues with regular blog posts – all about Microsoft Access databases.
So, with the recent release of Microsoft Access 2016, we now have parity and I thought as a recap (as with earlier versions of the past), we may as well start with Access 2016 specifications and get to know your limits (if any)!
This information about the limits of Microsoft Access database files and objects can be found from the official Microsoft support website.
In this section I’m going to list the advantages and disadvantages of using Access macros that is an exercise developers need to carry out to determine how they will programme their application going forward and avoid the dreaded result of having a ‘pear shaped’ and inflexible database.
Benefits of using Access Macros
Here’s the list:
1. Easier to write! You do not have to have a university degree in computer programming to understand and utilise macros. The command reference is intuitive and easy to apply. It just requires some investment of your time.
2. Disabled Mode – From version 2007 by default, any database opened that contained VBA code would not run as part of the security changes made to Microsoft Office applications and prevent unwanted macro virus threats that the VBA code could contain some malicious routines which some programmers seem to get a kick out of! Macros used within templates in Access are safe and run in normal mode.
Back in 2012, I posted an article on how to create a splash screen formwithout VBA code too using a little trick to name your database with an .bmp extension to it – a hidden gem!
However, in this quick video tutorial, the alternative way is to create a navigation form in Microsoft Access (from version 2010) and take advantage of the Access options and a simple macro...take a look…
Excuse the music and text narratives but hopefully you should have been able to follow the prompts?
Looking at Microsoft Office development is like looking at an old tree’s cross-section – you will find different layers from different eras. Each layer is carefully maintained for compatibility. Run the just-released Word 2016, enable the Developer ribbon, click VBA, and there is Visual Basic for Applications 7.1, using traditional VB as found in the long-deprecated VB 6.0 from 1998.
An ideal database is free of redundant or duplicate data. To achieve that, you must split your data into many subject-based tables so each subject is presented only once. To do that in Microsoft Access, you place common fields in tables that are related. But before you do that, you must need to understand the relationships between your tables, then you can specify these relationships in your Access 2013 database.
In this article, I will elaborate to you the ten things you need to know about table relationships in Microsoft Access.
1. A one-to-many relationship is when one record in the parent table connects to many records in the child table.