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Filter in Access with "&"

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I have a client that has upgraded from MSAccess 2007 to 2013. In 2007, when a text filter is applied on a field that has data with a "&", it would return results. Now in 2013, if a "&" is used, it returns no records. Is there a work around for this?
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by:Valliappan AN
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You may try enclosing with [ ] (square brackets), like 'a[&]t' as mentioned in here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826763

HTH.
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by:mbizup
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What is the syntax for the filter you are using?
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by:dgravitt
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It is on a form where you right click on field and select Text Filters, Begins with and type J & J.
This is a company name field and many of the companies have a & in them.
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by:dgravitt
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The brackets don't work. Thanks for the suggestion.
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by:mbizup
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Try doubling up on the &:

J && J

(The & is a special character - the operator for concatenation.)
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by:dgravitt
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No, that doesn't work either.
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by:dgravitt
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Like I said earlier, it worked fine in Access 2007
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by:mbizup
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I don't have Access 2013, so can't actually test this, but your original syntax works for me in 2010.

If doubling the &'s doesn't work, then double check your original data to verify that you are indeed entering it correctly... for example, check the exact spacing between letters and &s, and make sure that there is an exact match

ie: your data has a record with exactly J & J,  not just "J & J Enterprises" (which will not be flagged as a match.
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by:dgravitt
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Yes, the data matches.
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by:dgravitt
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That returns an error "Enter a valid value"
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Take a closer look at the last post by Dirk Goldar at the link posted by valli_an.  

When I tested this earlier, I was testing directly against a table, using the same features.  To mimic what you are doing, I've set up a form and am using the same filtering features.

Apparently the problem with the ampersand is not a new issue.

- Use the "Equals to" filter, not the Contains filter (which will give you the error you mentioned)
- Surround your text in double quotes    "J & J"
- If you want to find the text anywhere in the field rather that an exact match, use double quotes and asterisks --- again, with the Equals To filter, not the Contains filter:   "*J & J*"

These methods work for me, 100%, in Access  2007, 2010 and 2013
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by:dgravitt
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Thanks for all the help.
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by:Valliappan AN
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That was a good one from mbizup.

 Thanks dgravitt.
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