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I have created 3 different SELECT queries within Access which are designed to split up a form based on the value in the Postcode column.

So for example one splits it up between postcodes beginning with HR1, HR2, HR3 and another anything beginning with WR, another SY etc. etc.

I now want to create a new query to show me all postcodes that do not begin with any of these values (Note, the above values are just examples, there's actually lots more).

Here's what I have for one of the original queries:

SELECT *
FROM UntouchedRecs
WHERE Postcode Like 'HR1*' Or Postcode Like 'HR2*' Or Postcode Like 'HR3*' Or Postcode Like 'HR4*' Or Postcode Like 'HR5*' Or Postcode Like 'CU*';

And here is my new query so far, which is using the NOT LIKE statement and combines the criteria from the previous 3 SELECT queries:

SELECT *
FROM UntouchedRecs
WHERE Postcode Not Like 'HR1*' Or Postcode Not Like 'HR2*' Or Postcode Not Like 'HR3*' Or Postcode Not  Like 'HR4*' Or Postcode Not  Like 'HR5*' Or Postcode Not Like 'CU*' Or Postcode Not Like 'SY*'  Or Postcode Not Like 'LD*' Or Postcode Not Like 'NP*' Or Postcode Not Like 'CF*' Or Postcode Not  LIKE 'WR*' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'HR6*' OR Postcode Not LIKE 'HR7*' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'HR8*' OR Postcode Not Like  'HR9*' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY1 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY2 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY3 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY4 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY5 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY7 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY8 *' OR Postcode Not LIKE 'SY9 *' OR Postcode Not LIKE 'SY10 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY11 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY12 *' OR Postcode Not LIKE 'SY13 *' OR Postcode Not  LIKE 'SY14 *' OR Postcode Not LIKE 'SY15 *';


This does not work though - no records are eliminated from the table UntouchedRecs when running this query.
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If you don't want postcodes that begin any of these values, Use ANDs in place of the or's.
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by:wbstech
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Of course! Thanks.
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by:mbizup
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Glad to help out!
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by:Rick_Rickards
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In addition to replacing the OR's with AND's as correctly suggested by mbizup you can shorten the query a great deal by taking advantage of character Ranges ie: [1-5] (for all numbers 1 thru 5).  Example provided below using the query posted above to illustrate the idea.

SELECT *
FROM UntouchedRecs
WHERE (((UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'HR[1-5]*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'CU*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'SY*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'LD*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'NP*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'CF*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'WR*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'HR[6-9]*' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'SY[1-9] *' And (UntouchedRecs.Postcode) Not Like 'SY1[0-5] *'));

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