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1/21/2009 3:08:22 PM
I HATE the Access 2007 Interface
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I just wanted to drop a quick note to all of my Access students... I've been working with Access 2007 for the past month or so preparing the upcoming AC2007 tutorials... and I absolutely HATE the new ribbon interface.

For some of the Office programs, like Word and Excel, the ribbon is just fine... but for Access, it's HORRIBLE. Absolutely HORRIBLE.

And the fact that Microsoft was so short-sighted as to NOT give us a way to revert to the old interface shows why they probably won't be around much longer.

Remember the dinosaurs?

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Comment from Tom @ 8/7/2009
I have to say I totally agree, it seems good looking software is replacing functional software!
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ACCESS 2007 TOO SLOW Comment from Richard Rost @ 2/22/2009
Glenn, I have also noticed a considerable delay while entering data or even working on form design using Access 2007. I'm not sure what causes it, but it is irritating.
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ACCESS 2007 TOO SLOW Comment from Glenn @ 2/21/2009
Old Computer died
New Computer with Office 2007/Access 2007
Imported 2003 db.
2007 cannot keep up with data entry on a form.
Enter data and have to wait.
As this is for a business I have had to scrap Access 2007 and build an excel data entry system then import into Access 2007.
Looks like new computer, Office 2003 for me as reinstall 2003 too hard, too long.
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Access 2007 - going in reverse Comment from Richard Rost @ 2/19/2009
Or at least leave an option in the software to switch back to the OLD interface which was JUST FINE.
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Access 2007 - going in reverse Comment from Monty @ 2/18/2009
I hope someone in the corporate level of Microsoft gets to read this and spreads the word to the developers there.  Boy, you guys need to apply the old principle of, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Please Microsoft, in the future how about sending out a Test Pilot first to find out what Joe Cue Public thinks before implementing something so terrible. If not, then more changes like this could be the beginning of your downward spiral.
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Office 2007 Interface Comment from Dee @ 2/18/2009
Yeah count me in the haters group.

I've been using all of it for over a year and it all absolutely sucks.

I have NEVER seen anything so unfriendly to the user, awkward, cumbersome, totally NON-INTUITIVE and in the no longer existing capabilities and in the case of Excel the ugliest, most garish, unsuitable for business charting options imaginable.

Look at the online help for a comparison of 2003 to 2007 and repeatedly throughout you will see the words "no longer supported" or something to that effect.

Absolutely awful in ALL respects!
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Access 2007 Interface Comment from Shirley @ 2/8/2009
Richard, I couldn't agree with you more.  I've been fumbling my way around with it for the last little while but hate it.  What a waste of time!
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Access 2007 Interface Comment from Richard Rost @ 1/22/2009
Margaret, when I first started using Access 2007, it took me 10 minutes to figure out how to get the forms to act like classic WINDOWS instead of tabbed pages. Ugh!
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Access 2007 Interface Comment from Richard Rost @ 1/22/2009
Alan, I know... I know... I'm just BITTER that Microsoft completely revamped the interface without any way for those of us "old school" developers to switch it back to the way we LIKE IT. I know Microsoft has the corner on the market now (and probably for at least the foreseeable future) but if they keep forcing their BAD software decisions on us, eventually enough people will revolt.

I still love Access... and yes, I'm getting used to where everything is, but I'm just mad.
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Access 2007 Interface Comment from Margaret @ 1/22/2009
I hate to say "I told you so!"  Now you can see my frustration in trying to learn Access basics with the "new and improved ribbon"!  Some of the stuff is buried so deep, that I just gave up looking for it.
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What is, or will the alternative be ? Comment from Jan Engelbrecht @ 1/22/2009
Do the developers know that they might rediscover  the dark ages ?
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Access 2007 Interface Comment from Alan Hill @ 1/21/2009
Dear Richard
I have been working with the interface for a couple of months now. You do get used to where things are. I find the more I use it the more familiar it becomes. The button wizard always writes macros and it is an extra step to convert it. Easily solved, turn off the wizard and do it yourself.
In a couple of years a lot of people will have Access 2007 and will need your help, including me. There are a few positives. I went from Access XP to Access 2007. I will go from Windows XP to Windows 7. I seem to skip entire versions. I can print vertical text now. I can create very small picture orientated databases. Microsoft still has 95% of the market. I do not see that changing anytime soon. Ok dump Access and start using Open Office. It works and you can get some stuff done, but eventually you will come back. So for all it's faults right now there really is not another way to go. Plus it's not what we want. It's what our customers are using. No one has ever asked me to help them with an open office project. Stick with my friend you know you have to. Too many people need you.

Kindest Regard

Alan Hill      
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Access 2007 yuk Comment from Chris Bezant @ 1/21/2009
I agree, Rick.
I created a db for my brother in 2003 which I love. Delivered it onto his Access 2007. It ran OK but when he asked for a small change 2007 complained that my qurey name was invalid. In the end I went back to my laptop and 2003 and implemented the change, then put it back on his 2007. So if you have a db with LOTS of queries, guess what, you run into a brick wall in 2007.
I will resist to the last. Whatever happened to backward compatibility?
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