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Posted on 2014-03-14
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Experts, can I use column(1) like I am using it below?  

DoCmd.OpenForm "Project Datasheet subform_3", acFormDS, , "[End User] Like '" & Left(Me.txtEndUser, 4) & "*' Or [UltimateEndUser].column(1) Like '" & Left(Me.txtEndUser, 4) & "*' Or [UltimateEndUser] Like '" & Left(Me.txtEndUser, 4) & "*'", , acDialog

[UltimateEndUser] is a number field with row source of:
SELECT tblEndUser.EndUserID, tblEndUser.[End User] FROM tblEndUser ORDER BY tblEndUser.[End User];

I didnt want to have to drag in the tblEndUser into the record source of the Project Datasheet subform_3 and thought I could use column(1) instead.  maybe I am using it wrong or there is a better way.  If column(1) simply cant be used like I am then I will drag the table into the record source.  

thank you
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Question by:pdvsa
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by:pdvsa
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this is the error I get

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by:Sharath
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What do you mean by column(1)? Do you want to extract the first character from UltimateEndUser?
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by:pdvsa
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Sharath, thanks for the comment.  What I mean by column(1) is extracting the name and not the ID. You can see from the row source qry that column(0) is the idm and the column(1) is the name of the EndUser.  Let me know if that makes sense.

Thanks
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by:COACHMAN99
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if [UltimateEndUser] is a number field then why is the rowsource 2 fields? is this a rowsource for a dropdown box?

You'll probably need to join the other table so you can filter by the required field
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Dale Fye (Access MVP) earned 450 total points
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Thanks to Microsoft's attempt to make life easier for users by creating links within the data tables themselves, you are falling into a trap.  [UltimateEndUser] is a single field, do o't confuse it with a listbox or combo that you see when you look at the table in design view.Example of lookup fields
In order to use the "columns" associated with the table that is linked to the [UltimateEndUser] field, you will need to create a query, and physically join the table you are trying to query above with the table that is being used as the 'lookup table' (probably tbl_People or tbl_Users or something like that).  Once you have created this join, and added the field that normally shows up as Column(1) as a separate field in the query (you don't actually have to include it in the query results), you can then refer directly to that field, not the Column(1).

Personally, I would strongly recommend that you remove the "lookup" feature in your table and simply display the value of the [UltimateEndUser] field (select TextBox rather than ListBox or Combo Box in the Display Control property on the Lookup tab in your table design.
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by:pdvsa
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Thank you Dale.
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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glad I could help.

<begin rant>
This "feature" bugs the h**l out of me, especially when I'm trying to fix someone else's database and don't realize they have utilized this feature.  You open the table and look at it, and it displays a text value, so you go looking for that text value and cannot find it, you don't even see the numeric value unless you go looking for it in table design and realize that the lookup feature has been used.

In my opinion, it is far better to simply create a query to view the data in the related field than to use this "feature" and have it confuse the h**l out of you.

</end rant>
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