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Access 2000 - Autonumber in a Query

Dear Experts,

Could you please advise is there way in Access 2000 to add an autonumber to a Query?

My problem is that the query has a certain ordering (in four fields like ascending, descending, descending, descending), and I would like to keep this order.

Basically I have a solution to change the query to make table and after adding Autonumber, but maybe the best would be if the query would be able to do it?

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You can use the autonumber in a query for sorting/viewing purposes, but you cannot actually add a value to it in an append query.

You would use a WHERE clause for the existing autonumber in your append query and not assign to a field you're adding (let the 'autonumber' function work by itself).

Scott C
Bill RossCommented:
Hi csehz,

You are on the right track but you don't need an autonumber for this.  Sort the records anyway you want in the query and then use the query as the recordsource of your form (or report) whenever you need it.

In MS Access select queries and tables work quite similarly.


Keep in mind - sorting by four fields - you may want to control the 'sort within sort' order.
The sort order should be from left to right - either in a query gui or SQL query.

Scott C
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database ArchitectCommented:
"is there way in Access 2000 to add an autonumber to a Query?"
"change the query to make table and after adding Autonumber,"
This is what you can do:

1) Run your Make Table
2) You can now add an Auto Number field to the new table with one line of code:

'Run the MakeTable query first ...
CurrentDb.Execute "YourMakeTableName", dbFailOnError

'Create the Auto Number column
CurrentDb.Execute "ALTER TABLE YourMakeTableName ADD COLUMN ColumnName COUNTER"

where ColumnName is the name you want for the Auto Counter field.

Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
If you're looking to just include a "row number' in the query output you might be able to do something like this:


See the "Ranking in a Query" section.
csehzIT consultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much the answers, concretely I was able to execute of DatabaseMX advice in the attached database.

LSMConsulting this Ranking query is very inspirating probably yes exactly this is the name what I would like. Just my abilities.. So far was not able to create it, maybe would like to put it in a different question once
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