Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Improve Your Buttons

Round, curved, shadows, these are the things you can do with Access button in Access 2010.  See samples on this page.

New Office Plans A-Coming

Office Blogs
In October the Office 365 plans will change names and structure and allow a lot more users. If you want to use Access web Apps, you need a plan with Sites - Team Collaboration/ SharePoint.  This means that you will need as a minimum Business Essentials as per my previous advice. Here is a Link to what is included in SharePoint in these plans

Note:  This advice is for programmers who are sitting on the fence wondering if / how they will get into Access Web Apps.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Access Web Apps - Cough up 50$ and get on with it

Ok, I know I have been banging on about Access Web Apps and I really haven't told you how to get started. In Office 365 there is currently the offer of a 10 users free trial of Small Business Premium (Soon to be called Business Premium). Here is my tip, don't bother with the free trial, go with a one user licence of Small Business (Soon to be called Business Essentials) and cough up the 5-6$ a month for a year.


  1. Its going to take more than a month before you really get a hang of it unless you are a 24/7 sort of person.
  2. If you get the Small Business Premium 10 user licence, you probably will need to contact a technician to turn it back into a Small Business licence.
  3. There is a chance when switching between the Small Business products that you will lose the SharePoint sub-domain name that you started with and the data that went with it. I nearly did because of my procrastination :(
  1. I did quite a bit of work with adding domain names and setting up Public Facing SharePoint sites. As some of this was hard to get right, I had to call both the technicians at Telstra T-Suite Australia and Microsoft. Both organisations provided fantastic support.
  2. I found it really useful to use a second domain name whilst setting up the website. SharePoint allows you to switch between domains whilst you are working on your public website.
Garry Robinson

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Win More Copies Of Professional Access 2013 Programming in eBook form

Back in July I gave away a couple of free copies of the really good book called Professional Access 2013 Programming in eBook form. Well I have more copies to win and your challenge is to connect from your place to 5 articles that you like at the new

To be in the running, in Twitter or Facebook or Linked-In or Blogger or a good old fashioned website, add your 5 favourite articles at and add a little description on those articles.  Then send me details on where those links are or ping me with Facebook or Twitter.  Upto 3 people will win, those that don't will be in the draw with those that didn't win in July for yet more copies of Teresa, Ben, George and Dagi's book. No correspondence entered into. Don't enter unless you intend keeping the links.

Examples of links to articles at

The Trouble with Normal by Peter Vogel
Queries Queries by John Veiscas
or maybe even my very first article
Exploring Data Visually with MS Access

Idea: Go for a theme using the great SharePoint search tool at

Happy Linking
Garry Robinson
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