How do I filter a subform based on a chosen record in a different subform?

Posted on 2014-11-21
Last Modified: 2014-11-21
I have two subforms on a main form, "subfrm_Contacts" and "subfrm_Categories".  Both of them are in datasheet view.  "subfrm_Contacts" has as its record source a table, "tbl_Contacts", that contains, among other fields, an integer field called "IdCategory".  "subfrm_Categories" has as its record source a table, "tbl_Categories," with two fields:" IdCategory", an autonumber field, and "CategoryName", a text field.  "subfrm_Categories" only shows the text field which is a list of category names.  

I would like to create an event where when I click on a category name in the "subfrm_Categories",  "subfrm_Contacts" gets filtered to show only the records where tbl_Contacts.IdCategory = tbl_Categories.IdCategory.  What is the best way to do this?
Question by:Saleve
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
LVL 120

Expert Comment

by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
ID: 40458542
it will be easier if you can post a copy of your db.
for the meantime see this link for reference

Refer to Form and Subform properties and controls

Author Comment

ID: 40458564
Here it is.  Form "Main" has the two sub forms discussed above.  I would like to select a value in the "category" subform and have the "contacts" subform filter to only show the records in that category.
LVL 38

Expert Comment

ID: 40458643
In the Master/Child links of sfrmB, refer to sfrmA as the "Master"


Then in the Current event of sfrmA, requery sfrmB
Migrating Your Company's PCs

To keep pace with competitors, businesses must keep employees productive, and that means providing them with the latest technology. This document provides the tips and tricks you need to help you migrate an outdated PC fleet to new desktops, laptops, and tablets.

LVL 120

Accepted Solution

Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 500 total points
ID: 40458656
try this

Author Comment

ID: 40458660
I don't see how I can link two subforms with a master/child relationship.   Would you please explain?  Thanks.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40458664
Thanks Rey!  I will take a look at what you did, but it clearly works!
LVL 120

Expert Comment

by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
ID: 40458717
look at the click event of category textbox

Author Comment

ID: 40458730
Yes, I see.  Very nice!  Thanks again.

Featured Post

Online Training Solution

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action. Forget about retraining and skyrocket knowledge retention rates.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In earlier versions of Windows (XP and before), you could drag a database to the taskbar, where it would appear as a taskbar icon to open that database.  This article shows how to recreate this functionality in Windows 7 through 10.
AutoNumbers should increment automatically, without duplicates.  But sometimes something goes wrong, and the next AutoNumber value is a duplicate.  This article shows how to recover from this problem.
In Microsoft Access, learn how to use Dlookup and other domain aggregate functions and one method of specifying a string value within a string. Specify the first argument, which is the expression to be returned: Specify the second argument, which …
With Microsoft Access, learn how to start a database in different ways and produce different start-up actions allowing you to use a single database to perform multiple tasks. Specify a start-up form through options: Specify an Autoexec macro: Us…

632 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question