VB6, Access97 SQL syntax

Need to refer to a textbox while querying Access97:
SELECT * FROM Bills WHERE ??????????
I Need to refer to Text1 on Form4.
I tried [Forms]![Form4]![Text1] and
Forms.Form4.Text1, also with .text behind the "Text1" and several variations. I'm sure someone has this on the tip of their tongue. Perhaps
p biggelaar?
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p_biggelaarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I assumed that text1.text is on the same form as where you want to change the shown data. Otherwise you can use syntax like form1.text1.text to make sure your referring to the right textboxes on the right form.
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Your query should like this:
"SELECT * FROM Bills WHERE FieldName = '" & replace(form4.text1.text, "'", "''") & "'"
You should only have to do:


to get the textbox value.
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MTroutwine changed the proposed answer to a comment
SELECT *froM Bills WHERE yourField='" & form4.text1.Text & "'"
(so you'll get select * from Bills where yourField='sometext'

aka, text/string values need to be quoted)
jtallsupAuthor Commented:
Returns no records, unless my old eyeballs can't see all those quote marks. I'm a beginner, so I could have something else screwed up, though I don't think so. The field I'm referring to (Text1)is not bound to anything, could that make any difference?
have you tried that query in access directly?
does that work?
are you selecting on the right field?
does text4.Text have a value?
jtallsupAuthor Commented:
No, I haven't tried it directly in access, but the field does have a value, and the query works in all other respects other than this criteria. Could you possibly type your answer out in such a way that I know I'm not misreading the quotes? ie, singleq, doubleq, etc? If you go to that much trouble I'll award you the points regardless of whether or not I can get it to work. As I said, I'm a beginner, and I may have something else screwed up. This isn't an absolute requirement for what I'm working on. It would just make it a little cleaner.

I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by your confidence in me. Now let's say if I can help.

Syntax like "Select * from Bills where [Field]=[Forms]![Form4]![text1]" should work, but only when you use this select statement from within Access while (the Access form) Form4 is loaded.

In case
- Form4 is not loaded
- you're trying this from outside Access
- you're referring to a VB form, not an Access form
it won't work.

Please tell me, where are you using the select statement and what is your code 'surrounding' this statement
jtallsupAuthor Commented:
OK, guess I wasn't too clear. I am indeed outside access. This is a command from within VB Dataenvironment, refering to a VB Form, which is open.
Oh, then you can't use that syntax. The forms collection is something that Access has, but VB is built differently and doesn't have a forms collection.

Okay. You're command should look something like:

Select * from Bills where MyField=AValue

Assuming AValue doesn't exist, then you can go to the parameter tab of the command and validate that the command object now has AValue as a parameter.

Say you want to validate the values whenever you press a button (if it is another event: feel free) then something like this should be in your button_Click:

    DataEnvironment1.Commands("NameOfCommand").Parameters("Avalue").Value = Text1.Text
    Set txtWhereTheDataShouldBeShown.DataSource = DataEnvironment1

This should do it.

Good luck...
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Can you please past your code because with all the things that have been written, it is supposed to work from a long time!
jtallsupAuthor Commented:
Don't quite have it yet, but you definitely have me on the right track. Thanks for the help.
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