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Is it true that "Select * From sometable Where idRecord IN(Select numOrder From tblOrders Where....);" - is interpreted litterally by jet as: "Select * From sometable Where idRecord IN(1000,1001,1002,1003,1004,1005,...);" !? - Hence the 'query too long' errors may appear sometimes?
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by:JezWalters
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If your tblOrders sub-query returns (1000,1001,1002,1003,1004,1005,...), then the simple answer is yes!  :-)
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Depending on what you're using the resultant records for (specifically, if you need the recordset to be updatable or not), you can probably improve performance by using a join instead.
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Your question doesn't give a complete query so I can't either, but I was thinking along these lines:
SELECT sometable.*
FROM sometable, tblOrder
WHERE sometable.idRecord = tblOrders.numOrder AND
tblOrders....

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... or if you prefer using the JOIN keyword:
SELECT sometable.*
FROM sometable INNER JOIN tblOrder
ON sometable.idRecord = tblOrder.numOrder
WHERE tblOrder....

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Access is quite poor at optimising queries that contain sub-queries, and will typically evaluate the sub-query for EVERY record returned by its parent query - even when the sub-query records are identical each time.
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The point is - I need the parent query to be updatable!
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You should get an updateable query if you use the JOIN keyword (as in id 34186631 above).
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by:Dinesh Subramanian
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hi,
the best solution is to use the join query. (as in id 34186631 above).
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You could try re-phrasing your query using the EXISTS predicate too, but I doubt you'll get much of a performance difference.

INNER JOIN is your best bet!  :-)
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