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# More elegant way to convert text to dates in MS access?

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I have a form to input info for a query.  Every thing works, but just out of personal development, I'm curious if there's a more elegant way to convert text box inputs to dates.

A user selects a month [reportmoth] and year [reportyear] from a form [fq-form] .  This is then compared to a field [response date] in the data table with the following criteria using the Cdate () function:

Between CDate([forms]![fq-form]![reportmonth] & " 1, " & [forms]![fq-form]![reportyear]) And CDate([forms]![fq-form]![reportmonth] & " 31, " & [forms]![fq-form]![reportyear])

It works, but in MS Excel i could say something like month([response date]) = [reportmonth] AND year([response date]) = [report year]

Is there an equivalent in MS access?
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In Access you have both Month and Year functions that return the value from the date, however, to make your queries run as efficiently as possible you should not do anything on the lect of the comparison (in this case =), therefore

Between CDate([forms]![fq-form]![reportmonth] & " 1, " & [forms]![fq-form]![reportyear]) And CDate([forms]![fq-form]![reportmonth] & " 31, " & [forms]![fq-form]![reportyear])

Will be more efficient than

month([response date]) = [reportmonth] AND year([response date]) = [report year]

even though it doesn't look as elegant.

You may find using DateSerial a bit more elegant

Between DateSerial([forms]![fq-form]![reportyear], [forms]![fq-form]![reportmonth], 1) And DateSerial([forms]![fq-form]![reportyear], [forms]![fq-form]![reportmonth], 31)

This requires Month to be a number.

Cheers, Andrew
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interesting.  I guess efficiency is better than elegance in this case.
Thanks!
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definitely
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