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"Like" expression in access query

Posted on 2012-03-23
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I am currently using an query that uses the "like" expression.   Looks like this:

WHERE (((multiple4active.ShortTitle) Like "*" & [Enter a key word or Partial key word] & "*"));

I want to be about to pass a variable for a field name on a form were I currently have
"Enter a Key word or Partial key word"  How do I replace that with a field name from a form.
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Like so:

WHERE (((multiple4active.ShortTitle) Like "*" & Forms!YourFormName!YourControlName & "*"));

mx
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by:dbasetrouble
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Didn't work something is missing.  Getting a syntax error.
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by:kmslogic
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Syntax looks good.  Of course you have to change YourFormName to the name of your form and YourControlName to the actual name of your control AND the form needs to be open when you are running the query.
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This syntax is correct.  
1) Is your Form open when you run the query?
2) Did you change YourFormName to the actual name of your Form ... same for control.?

WHERE multiple4active.ShortTitle Like "*" & Forms!YourFormName!YourControlName & "*"  

Post the entire SQL you have ...

mx
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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<Didn't work something is missing.  Getting a syntax error.>
Then why not post what you tried...
It is difficult to troubleshoot a syntax error if you don't post your syntax...
Make sense...?

Besides, you did not post any specifics on this mysterious "variable for a field name on a form"
...is it on the current form or an external form?
Is it truly a "variable", or just a reference...?
is this a real query, or are you building the SQL in code?

In any event, if this is only one criteria, then try it without the Parenthesis:
WHERE multiple4active.ShortTitle LIKE "*" & me.SomeField & "*"
...Or
WHERE multiple4active.ShortTitle LIKE "*" & Forms!SomeForm!SomeField & "*"
...or
WHERE multiple4active.ShortTitle LIKE "*" & strSomeFiled & "*"
...et al


JeffCoachman
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by:dbasetrouble
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screenshots.docThe access query name is keyword2.  The source is database multiple4active.  The field in the source is shorttitle.  The form name is test.  The field name on the form is word.  I have attached some screen shots.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Again,...If it were me I would fist dump the parenthesis...

From your screenshot you just have a "Control" there (not really a "Field" or a "variable")
It's name (based on the label caption) is "Text0".

So I am confused when you say
"The field name on the form is word. "
...if you say so...

(This is why posting a sample database make this all *much* clearer)


So something like this should work:
WHERE multiple4active.ShortTitle LIKE "*" & Forms!me!Text0 & "*"
...or
WHERE multiple4active.ShortTitle LIKE "*" & Forms!me!word & "*"


Note that the form must be open and the value must be in the textbox when the query is run.
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Jeffrey Coachman earned 500 total points
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Here is a simple sample of how a system like this works typically:
Database74.accdb
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Based on the screenshot, your table name (in the FORM clause) is brtrack ... not multiple4active.

So, you WHERE clause should be:

WHERE brtrack.ShortTitle Like "*" & Forms!test!word & "*"  

And I'm not clear on what you mean by 'source' in The source is database multiple4active  ?
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by:dbasetrouble
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Sample was great.  Worked fine.  The code was the trick.  I was originally  running the query on a macro.  Running it from code using the DoCmd seem to do the trick.
Thanks for the help.
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by:dbasetrouble
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I am a visual learner.  This was great.
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dbasetrouble
The original WHERE clause you posted was using the wrong table name ...
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by:kmslogic
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Move along, nothing to see here.
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Huh?
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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This is another example where a sample database would have cleared this all up in one post.

I don't see a reason why running the query from a macro and my method would make any difference...
I think that you may have had the wrong Field names and MX stated....
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