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Upcoming Presentations

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Alessandro Grimaldi

"VBA Pills" - Access Tips and Tricks

Alessandro Grimaldi

IMPORTANT: This presentation is at 10:30 AM Mountain Time

Over the many years of his Access work, including some innovative Access UI programming in VBA, Alessandro Grimaldi has collected quite a number of VBA snippets. Join us as he presents a number of what he calls "VBA pills", showing tricks and techniques you might not know yet.

Topics include:

  • Hardware info (computer, memory, hard disks, monitors)
  • Tools: magnifier, screenshots, webcam, whatsapp
  • Zip files: zip, unzip, file counting
  • Working with records: delete duplicates, get next record ID
  • Working with files: read a whole folder, shorten a path

A programmer since 1983, VBA since 1998, for several years Alessandro was consulting for the United Nations in different countries (Italy, Afghanistan, North Korea, Ethiopia, Austria), creating tons of Office applications, from simple automation tools to corporate level applications. Since 2014 he lives in Frankfurt where for five years he worked as a VBA developer for the European Central Bank. He has been experimenting on graphical interfaces with Access since 2006.

Join us online at 10:30 AM Mountain Time on Thu Jun 15.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Mike Wolfe, Grandjean & Braverman, Inc.

Form Templates in Microsoft Access

Mike Wolfe, Grandjean & Braverman, Inc.

Details coming soon!

Mike runs Grandjean & Braverman, Inc., specializing in Microsoft Access and SQL Server software solutions for government, banking, and insurance clients. He writes daily articles about advanced Access and VBA topics at, where he’s published over 500 articles since 2020. Mike is the most recently awarded Access MVP, earning the award in November 2021.

Join us online at 6:30 PM Mountain Time on Thu Jul 20.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Richard Rost, Computer Learning Zone

Custom Data Entry Filter Functons in Access

Richard Rost, Computer Learning Zone

Have you ever wanted to allow the pasting in of data from another source into Access, while preserving input formats? In this presentation, Access MVP Richard Rost is going to show how to write very useful functions to filter out unwanted characters from a text field (or string) in Microsoft Access.

For example, you can force users to enter only digits into a phone number field by setting up an Input Mask. However, what if you want to copy and paste from emails and such. That doesn't work with an Input Mask. How can we allow the user to paste a phone number into the field and then just remove anything but the digits?

Richard Rost is an Access MVP and the owner of Computer Learning Zone, a technology education firm based in Florida. Richard has been teaching software courses since 1994, and was an Access MVP in 2014 and 2015. He has an extensive online library of Access training videos at his YouTube channel at

Join us online at 6:30 PM Mountain Time on Thu Aug 17.

Past Presentations - 2023

Thursday, January 19, 2023

George Young, Dawson Butte Software

Using Web API's in Access

George Young, Dawson Butte Software

Ring in the New Year with some new ideas for your applications as we take a look at using Web (REST) Api's in Access. With just a bit of VBA and a couple of great libraries, you can make use in your applications of any data source on the Internet. We'll take a look at reading from a publicly-available API, as well as creating our own Web API from a SQL backend and using it for full CRUD operations in Access!

George first encountered Microsoft Access when using the thirty-plus floppy disk versions of Office to teach Statistics and MIS in the early 1990’s. It’s been true love ever since. George has worked as a software developer for the past twenty-five years, half of that time at Microsoft (in just about every group other than Office). He is the founder and president of Dawson Butte Software, working primarily on .NET applications (often with Access somewhere in the mix). George still has a commercial site or two that is driven by an Access database sitting in the server file system.

Download the presentation materials

Watch the recorded video of Using Web API's in Access on our YouTube channel

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Karl Donaubauer, Access MVP,

The Current State of Access

Karl Donaubauer, Access MVP,

IMPORTANT: This presentation is at 10:30 AM Mountain Time

What's the mood in the Access village? What has been happening recently in Redmond and elsewhere for the product? What can be expected for 2023? And beyond? A funny report from the community and developer angle:

  • Market situation, version statistics, current problems
  • New features, bugs and fixes, backgrounds
  • Changes and flaws on Microsoft's Access web pages
  • Survival training while wrestling with update bugs
  • New activities in the worldwide Access ecosystem
  • Third-party tools and prospects
  • And what's the 2nd verse of the Access song? Be prepared for anything!

Karl is an Access developer and MVP since the 90s. He organizes conferences, does presentations, workshops and videos. Due to an obstinate nature he has dedicated himself to tilt at windmills, fighting the bad image of Access and the worse intentions, boasting in poor armour in various languages, countries and funny places, including an English wedding castle, a Calabrian sanctuary and several MSFT offices.

Download the presentation materials

Watch the recorded video of The Current State of Access on our YouTube channel

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Phil Ferrero

Integrating Better Access Charts Into An Application

Phil Ferrero

Take a real world journey into an Access application and the transformation from MSGraph.Chart.8 charts to the use of the Chartjs solution known as Better Access Charts (BAC) created by Thomas Moeller. We'll take a look at my prior attempt to integrate BAC 1.28.04 and my new attempt to integrate the latest version of BAC --> 2.30.02. Well look at differences, requirements, pitfalls, and what is the potential for this solution with the prospect of the new web browser control expected in April of 2023.

Phil is a database software developer and founder of AFL Enterprises, LLC, located in Denver, CO. Phil's been developing in Access for over 20 years and designs software database applications for all industries. A member of DAAUG since the early 2000s, Phil is an occasional presenter to the group and learns something new about the Access environment at every meeting. When Phil isn't coding a superb database app, he's either spending time with his family or training for a marathon.

Watch the recorded video of Integrating Better Access Charts Into An Application on our YouTube channel

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Tom van Stiphout and the Northwind Team

Northwind 2.0 Is Here!

Tom van Stiphout and the Northwind Team

One year ago, Tom announced to DAAUG that a new Northwind Traders sample Access application was under development. Today, he and the team announce the release of Northwind Traders 2.0, in two versions, Starter and Developer. Join us as Tom demos the new Northwind, highlighting new features and how the sausage was made!

Tom is the Software Development Manager of Kinetik I.T. in Phoenix, Arizona, a full service information technology and internet services provider offering a wide array of technology and internet strategy solutions. Tom has a degree from Amsterdam University and came to the United States in 1991. After a few years with C++ and Windows SDK programming, he gradually focused more and more on database programming. He worked with Microsoft Access from version 1.0, and Microsoft SQL Server from version 4.5, when both were quite immature products.