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I have a form (formCalls) based on a table (tblCalls), which has a field called AgentID.  I want to display in a text box, (txtAgentName), the agent's FirstName and LastName concatenated together. tblPeople has this name information and AgentID is the index into tblPeople.

I have created a query (query_GetNameOfAPerson):
SELECT [FirstName] & " " & [LastName] AS FullName, tblPeople.ID, tblPeople.FirstName, tblPeople.LastName
FROM tblPeople
WHERE (((tblPeople.ID) Like [Forms]![formCalls]![AgentID]));

The txtAgentName's control source is =[query_GetNameOfAPerson]![FullName]

When the form executes all I get is #Name? in txtAgentName.  Why?

Thanks for you help
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Question by:SheahaST
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Hello SheahaST,

>>When the form executes all I get is #Name? in txtAgentName.  Why?

Because you are not allowed to reference the value that way.

Instead, I would set the controlsource to something like:

=DLookup("[FirstName]", "[tblPeople]", "[ID] = " & [AgentID]) & " " & DLookup("[LastName]", "[tblPeople]", "[ID] = " & [AgentID])

If that ID field is text:

=DLookup("[FirstName]", "[tblPeople]", "[ID] = '" & [AgentID] & "'") & " " & DLookup("[LastName]", "[tblPeople]", "[ID] = '" & [AgentID] & "'")


Regards,

Patrick
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by:SheahaST
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Thanks a lot Patrick.  That works great on existing records, however when it is a new record I get #Error in the field since [AgentID] is Null.  I can live with that but is there away around it?

Thanks again, Steve
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by:SheahaST
ID: 20071112
Another question.  What part of my first solution is faulty?  I used the Expression Builder to create the control source string (=[query_GetNameOfAPerson]![FullName]
).  Or is the problem in the SQL statement referencing Forms]![formCalls]![AgentID]?

Just trying to get a better understanding.

Thanks again
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=IIf(IsNull([AgentID], "", DLookup("[FirstName]", "[tblPeople]", "[ID] = " & [AgentID]) & " " & DLookup("[LastName]", "[tblPeople]", "[ID] = " & [AgentID]))
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