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i have an app that filters what records a shown depending on what button is clicked.

the problem i have is that one of the filters requires me to join the customers table to another table on the ID field and select distinct records so i only end up viewing each customer once.

the problem is that the distinct query says it cannot select distinct on memo fields.  i need to show this memo field.  is there any way around it

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Brendt Hess earned 200 total points
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Depends.  Which table is the memo in?  If it is in the Customers table, you can use this technique:

(1)  Create a Distinct query with all of the information needed *except* the memo field.  Be sure to include the Customer ID field (the unique identifier for a customer record).  Save this as a query (for our example, call it Test1, but you would name it something sensible).

(2)  SELECT against both the Customer table and the Test1 query, JOINing on the Customer ID field, e.g.:

SELECT Test1.*, Customer.Memo
FROM Test1
INNER JOIN Customer on Test1.ID = Customer.ID
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thanks for the suggestions since i have posted the questions i have tried to run the query from another computer and it works perfectly

do you know why this might be

i thought it was impossible but i have checked all the results it brings up and they are perfect
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