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Tools to Update Front end (FE) database Files that have “pinned” to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Taskbar

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have some very interesting UI features including ability to pin files, such as Word .docx, Excel .xlsx, Access .accdb or even Notepad .txt files to the taskbar. Taskbar pinning works well for user-created files including Access database files, but it cause problems for Access database front end (FE) database files created and distributed by developers as .MDE, .ADE, or .ACCDE files in order to keep users from making too many changes to forms, reports, macros, and VBA code. Developers can use a wide variety of means to distribute FE files from server to users workstation.

Taskbar pinning means users can then start Access FE file directly, but unfortunately this can bypass any Access FE file version updating logic you may have. Free Front-End End Auto-Update Enabling Tool helps solve this problem by importing code into your Access FE and is executed on Access FE database file startup. Another, Auto FE Updater tool now handles this problem with some VBA code that you import into your Access FE database file and run in your startup routine.


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