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Not valid field error when using crosstab query as record source for report

Posted on 2008-06-12
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I created a report using a crosstab query as the source.  Everything works fine as long as the criteria the user selects includes data for all the columns.  What do you do if it doesn't?  How do I get around the error and just leave that column blank?
Thanks in advance.
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Question by:BobRosas
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You can't base a standard report on a dynamic crosstab (where the columns are not known in advance).
Either you have to fix the crosstab column headings by using the Columns property, or you have to build the report in code based on the actual columns found.
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by:Mike Eghtebas
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Try using alias name for your fields like

SumVal: Sum(Budget)

as opposed to

Sum(Budget)            ' query will give the name SumOfBudget

Otherwise. you might have [Budget] in the control source of a text box but it expects SumOfBudget

But if you use alias name, you already know the field name and will put SumVal in the control source of the text box.

Mike
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by:BobRosas
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Thank you both for your quick responses.  I'm trying to assign column headings to see if I can get that to work but I can't even get the assigned names to work.  If I run CodeA below I get all the data I expected(the 6 columns have data for each column).  If I run CodeB, the headings show but I don't have any data under any of the 6 headings.  Any thoughts!
Thanks so much!


CodeA
TRANSFORM Count(tblMTRptAge.AgeCount) AS CountOfAgeCount
SELECT tblMTRptAge.County, tblMTRptAge.ServiceLkUpID, Sum(tblMTRptAge.Age) AS SumOfAge
FROM tblMTRptAge
GROUP BY tblMTRptAge.County, tblMTRptAge.ServiceLkUpID
PIVOT tblMTRptAge.AgeGrp;

CodeB
TRANSFORM Count(tblMTRptAge.AgeCount) AS CountOfAgeCount
SELECT tblMTRptAge.County, tblMTRptAge.ServiceLkUpID, Sum(tblMTRptAge.Age) AS SumOfAge
FROM tblMTRptAge
GROUP BY tblMTRptAge.County, tblMTRptAge.ServiceLkUpID
PIVOT tblMTRptAge.AgeGrp In ("To16","To24","To34","To44","To54","Over54");
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by:BobRosas
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Disregard above.  I thought I could name the columns anything I wanted but as soon as I named the columns to match the field names the data showed.  The report seems to be working now.  I couldn't have done it without you guys.  Thanks you both for your help.  
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