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i cannot seem to filter my query with uppercase characters
...eg I cannot get it to filter values which contain "DR" and not "dr"

can anyone help?
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mlnfis,

Set your where clause to use the StrComp function.

So, if you want to find where MyFieldName = "DR" (and not "dr") then use this:

SELECT * FROM MyTableName WHERE StrComp(MyFieldName,"DR",vbBinaryCompare)=0

The StrComp function with the vbBinaryCompare will return a 0 only if the two strings are identical.

Hope that helps,

--Jim Christmas
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by:DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)
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I think in the query instead of vbBinaryCompare you will need to use 0  (zero) ... the literal value for vbBinaryCompare

mx
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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you can use the strComp in a query like this

select FieldName
from TableX
where StrComp([Fieldname],"DR",0)=0

vbBinaryCompare is not recognized in a query
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DatabaseMX and Capricorn1,

Good catch guys - Thanks.

--Jim Christmas
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by:mlnfis
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Hi Guys

Many Thanks for those answers..and, sorry, my SQL is pretty basic so slowly  I'm creeping my way to the answer!

With a table called [UIDC] and a fieldname [Company] the following:

SELECT UIDC.Company
FROM UIDC
WHERE StrComp([Company],"DR",0)=0;

Does indeed bring up any record with 'DR' as the whole field, but only where it is the whole field.

Can anyone help with if I need to bring up e.g. 'DR Jones' - ie where 'DR' can be followed by anything - I assumed it might work with the '*' (asterix) symbol - but can't seem to get this to work no matter how many or where I place them? ie

WHERE StrComp([Company],"DR*",0)=0;

Many Thanks
Mark
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 1000 total points
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try this

SELECT UIDC.Company
FROM UIDC
WHERE StrComp(Mid(Trim([Company]),1,2),"DR",0)=0;
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by:mlnfis
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Hi people

Many many thanks to all of you - that last solution worked great - has made my day at work much easier!
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