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Posted on 2013-07-01
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I need to develop textboxes working as filters above datasheet form. What I want is to filter multiple columns at the same time using wildcards.
I did it through changing recordsource with query which picks up values from textboxes. The only problem is that it returns blank if table contains null cells.
Any other way of obtaining such custom filters?

this is one of my vba procedures. It uses query filter which picks up text from textboxes
Private Sub Filter_Table()
'
    If IsNull(Me.ParentFilter) Then Me.ParentFilter = "*"
    If IsNull(Me.FlocFilter) Then Me.FlocFilter = "*"
    If IsNull(Me.FlocDescFilter) Then Me.FlocDescFilter = "*"
    If IsNull(Me.DrawingFilter) Then Me.DrawingFilter = "*"
    If IsNull(Me.StatusFilter) Then Me.StatusFilter = "*"
    If IsNull(Me.GridFilter) Then Me.GridFilter = "*"
    If IsNull(Me.ObjectTypeFilter) Then Me.ObjectTypeFilter = "*"
    Me.TreeLevels_subform.Form.RecordSource = "Filter"
    Me.Requery

End Sub

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by:mbizup
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Your example is incomplete, but your recordsource query probably has a WHERE clause that contains something similar to the following:


WHERE Parent = "something" AND Floc = "Something Else" AND ....


For your query to work with wildcards as you are trying to do, you would have to change the "=" signs in your query to the LIKE keyword:

WHERE Parent LIKE "something" AND Floc LIKE "Something Else" AND ....


(We'd need more information about your actual query syntax and how your recordsource gets set up in order to give you more precise answers.)
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by:yahooooo
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nope
its all like like ;)
SELECT TreeLevels.[Superior Function Location], TreeLevels.[Functional location], TreeLevels.[Function Location Description], TreeLevels.[Drawing Ref], TreeLevels.Grid, TreeLevels.[Object type], TreeLevels.Status
FROM TreeLevels
WHERE (((TreeLevels.[Superior Function Location]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![ParentFilter] & "*") AND ((TreeLevels.[Functional location]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![FlocFilter] & "*") AND ((TreeLevels.[Function Location Description]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![FlocDescFilter] & "*") AND ((TreeLevels.[Drawing Ref]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![DrawingFilter] & "*") AND ((TreeLevels.Grid) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![GridFilter] & "*") AND ((TreeLevels.[Object type]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![ObjectTypeFilter] & "*") AND ((TreeLevels.Status) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![StatusFilter] & "*"));

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Try running your query without the code that sets null textboxes to *.  (Just leave the textboxes null).
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Oh!  I think I'm mis-reading your question... are you trying to pick up nulls/blanks in your table data (versus form data)?

Use this query:


SELECT TreeLevels.[Superior Function Location], TreeLevels.[Functional location], TreeLevels.[Function Location Description], TreeLevels.[Drawing Ref], TreeLevels.Grid, TreeLevels.[Object type], TreeLevels.Status
FROM TreeLevels
WHERE ((("" & TreeLevels.[Superior Function Location])   Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![ParentFilter] & "*") AND (("" & TreeLevels.[Functional location]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![FlocFilter] & "*") AND (("" & TreeLevels.[Function Location Description]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![FlocDescFilter] & "*") AND (("" & TreeLevels.[Drawing Ref]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![DrawingFilter] & "*") AND (("" & TreeLevels.Grid) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![GridFilter] & "*") AND (("" & TreeLevels.[Object type]) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![ObjectTypeFilter] & "*") AND (("" & TreeLevels.Status) Like "*" & [Forms]![FirstStage]![FormTagValidation]![StatusFilter] & "*"));

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(I just added "" & before all of your table's field names, so that the comparison is on an empty string instead of a null (which wont work in this type of comparison).
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