rand() in access 2000 ?

hi!

i have written a program using mysql.
in a query i´m using order by rand().

now i have to switch to access. but it seems that
there is no rand() function.

how can i handle this?
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heer2351Commented:
The msaccess equivalent for rand is rnd
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peter57rCommented:
There is a rnd() function in Access; but you can't use it in the way you are trying to.

To generate a random field in a query you need to force Access to think that the random number is dependent on a field in the record or else the rnd() value is just calculated once at the start of the query and that value used on all records.

So you can include rnd([anyfield]) and this produces a different result for each record.

You can sort on this value in a query.  Unfortunately, by the time the data is displayed, the random function has triggered again and the numbers have changed so that they appear not to be in order.   If you want to retain the random number sequence you must first write the value to a new field in an update or make-table query and then use another query to present the sorted data.

Pete


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