Microsoft Access User's Group

Of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

The only user group dedicated to Microsoft Access in the Washington, D.C. Metro area

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 We share our experiences with Access and solutions to Access problems with our user group members.

We offer:

1. Quarterly meetings where users can gather together and discuss mutual problems.

2. On, where announcements are made, job openings posted, and questions posted.

3. A user group that is open to all levels of experience with Access, from beginners to experts.


Current News

Our next meeting is Wednesday March 21, from 7pm-9pm at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center (see address below.) We will be sharing information among attendees. If you have a specific question, please bring your Access database with you, so that we can load it and view it.  For March and September, we're meeting at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, 50 Irving St., N.W., Washington, DC, 20422, fourth floor, room 4A-303. For December and June, we're meeting at the Tysons Corner Microsoft Store, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner Virginia, 22102. Phone number there is 703-336-8480.

At our meeting in December 2015, we had a presentation by Stephen Deming of Microsoft on Office 2016. Here are the highlights:


Sharepoint 2016 will have forms similar to Access 2013.


Excel for 32 bit will have 64,000 rows.


Excel for 64 bit will have 1 million rows.


Cortana, for searches, is not integrated with Access or Excel.


Regarding the bug in Access 2013 where the colors of objects that are imported, changes, he mentioned that in on-line discussions, there is a "trick" method to get around this.


The bright color background in Office is back.


The Office Developer's Toolkit will be free. You must have Visual Studio installed, which is also free.


Edge is only available in Windows 10.

At our March 2016 meeting, we discussed contract work opportunities for Microsoft Access developers in our area.

At our June 2016 meeting, we aided one of the attendees with her problem implementing an Access application in a group that concentrates on Sharepoint.

At our September 2017 meeting, we talked out how Access Queries can do much of the work that we would do with code.

At our meeting in December 2017, it turned out that only experienced Access developers showed up. So, Brent demonstrated his complex Access application to the group.

The user group normally meets quarterly at 7pm-9pm on the third Wednesday (except December, which is the second Wednesday) of the last month of each quarter.  After our March meeting, our next scheduled meetings are Wednesday June 20, 2018  and Wednesday September 19, 2018. Unless we have a guest speaker, our meetings consist of sharing information among attendees. Beginning users go first, then experienced users.

We meet in two locations: in December and June at the Tysons Corner Mall Microsoft Store, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner Virginia, 22102. These are directions for the Microsoft Store--From the Capital Beltway exit 47A, take the ramp right for VA-7 West toward Tysons Corner. Turn right onto International Dr. Turn right onto VA-123N / Chain Bridge Road. Arrive at VA-123 North Chain Bridge Road.

In March and September at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, 50 Irving St., N.W., Washington, DC, 20422, fourth floor, room 4A-303. The following is a map of the area around the Veteran's Administration Medical Center location:

The following are directions to the Veteran's Administration Medical Center:

From the East: Route 50 West to New York Avenue, exit onto South Dakota Avenue. At 7th traffic light, turn left onto Monroe Street. Follow Monroe until it dead ends. Go left on Michigan Avenue. Follow right lanes onto Irving Street. Get in left lane and make first left. VAMC is located to the left.

From Baltimore & Northern Areas: I-95 Southbound. Veer right onto I-495 toward Silver Spring. Leave I-495 almost immediately at New Hampshire Avenue, exit Route 650 South. Go south for approximately 4 miles on New Hampshire Avenue, then go south on North Capitol Street for approximately 2 miles. Exit right onto Irving Street Following signs to VAMC. Get in left lane immediately and make first left. VAMC is located to the left.

From the West: South on 270, then go east on I-495 (go left at fork marked "Washington"), to the Connecticut Avenue exit, southbound Route 185. Proceed south on Connecticut Avenue for about 3 miles. Turn left onto Military Road for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right at light onto North Capitol street. Go approximately 1.5 miles then exit right onto Irving Street following signs to VAMC. Get into left lane immediately then make first left. VAMC is located to the left.

From Virginia & Southern Areas: Take I-95, Virginia Route 1, or Virginia Route 50, to the 14th Street bridge. Continue north on 14th Street until you reach Harvard Street where you will turn right. Harvard ends at light (approximately 2.5 miles). At light, turn left onto Irving Street. Stay in middle lane. At 3rd light turn right. VAMC is located on the left.

Taking the Metro: Take the Red Line to the Catholic University/Brookland Metro Station. Metro Buses H2 and H4 will bring you to the VAMC.  However, if you get to the Metro by 6:40PM, you can phone Dr. Williamson, our host, at:  office, 202-745-4043, pager: 202-516-3746,  cell,  301-775-0500 and he will come to the Metro Station to pick you up. It should take about 10 minutes (with 5 to simply exit the building) for him to get there.

Parking: Park in any visitors space. There are plenty; We suggest using the ones on the right as you come in, opposite the emergency room entrance, as that is the only entrance open after 8. You can also park in the large lot past the main entrance.

Building Entry: Enter via the Emergency Room entrance. You may need to show an armed guard a photo ID, e.g. driver's license. Continue in the direction you entered until you come to a large "room"; then look to your right and back the way you came; there are three elevators there.

Fourth floor: When you get to the fourth floor and get off the elevator, the auditorium should be right in front of you. We're meeting in the room in front of the auditorium.



To become a member of the Microsoft Access Special Interest Group, use and do the following:

1. Once on, sign up for if you are not already a member.

2. Log in (if you are a member.)

3. Click on "Groups".

4. On the bar with "Groups" on it, change the "within miles" to 100.

5. In the search bar field, enter, "Washington Microsoft Access Meetup".



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Contact Information

David Kiasi, Chair, david.kiasi<@> (301) 350-4752 (messages), (301) 335-5802 (cell)

Vice-Chair (Vacant)

Skip Williamson, Host at Veteran's Administration Hospital Center,, (202) 745-4043


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