Click on query result header and get an error message

Posted on 2014-12-18
Last Modified: 2015-01-08
I have a form which opens in datasheet view.  The record source is a query with two tables joined.  The SQL for the query is:

SELECT Activities.Day, Projects.[Project name], Projects.Client, Activities.Hours, Activities.Activity, Activities.Employee
FROM Projects INNER JOIN Activities ON Projects.[Project ID] = Activities.[Project ID]
WHERE (((Activities.Day) Is Not Null))
ORDER BY Activities.Day, Projects.[Project name];

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When I just open the query and click on the little down arrow next to the field header named Project name I get an error:

"Syntax error (missing operator) in query expression 'Project name'.


Question by:SteveL13
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Expert Comment

ID: 40506985
Check that you haven't got a double space anywhere between "project" and "name" in the project name field, or that the field name in the table doesn't have a double space between the words.

Author Comment

ID: 40507002
Nope,.  No double spaces anywhere.  What is strange is that if I make the query be a make table query and then open the table it created it works fine.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40507019
OK, in the form properties, check that there isn't a filter based on project name and that filteronload isn't set to true.
Also check that there isn't an event associated with on_click for the form that references project name.

If you change the form to use the table you just created instead of teh query, does the problem occur then? If so, it's definitely a problem with the form properties.
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Author Comment

ID: 40507034
No filer in the form properties.  Filteronload = No.  


"If you change the form to use the table you just created instead of the query, does the problem occur then?" No it does not.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40507058
Hmm. are the objects that you join in your datasource query both tables?
"FROM Projects INNER JOIN Activities"
... or is one or both of them another query?

Does the form have a module (i.e. any event handler code) or embedded macros? If so, I'd examine them for references to [project name].

Other than that. I'd resort to suggesting the you revert to using your query as the datasource for the form, but do a 'compact and repair' on the database.

Author Comment

ID: 40507331
Both are tables.  Nothing in the form that would cause this that I can find.  No event handlers, or embedded macros.  

I think I'll just use the table that the maketable query creates and then dump the data from it when the form closes.

Is a real mystery.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40508202
Have you defined a caption in the table?   The caption is what is displayed in the header of forms in DS view.  But that might be conflicting with a label that is attached to the control.  I'm not sure which takes precedence these days.  I avoided captions for years due to all sorts of subtle and not so subtle problems and this may be a new one.

Using temp tables cause bloat so keep at this until you/we identify the problem.

Author Comment

ID: 40508248

No captions in any tables.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40508325
If you use the same SQL statement in a simple select query (in the query designer) and then view the results as datasheet and try to filter or sort on the [project name] column, do you get the same problem?

If so, consider aliasing the column as ProjectName:[Project name] - it shouldn't make any difference, but I'm always a little suspicious anywhere that a reserved word is used in column names.

Final thought for the day. Is that column involved in a relationship? Is it the primary key for the Projects table, or is there a numeric autonumber PK on the table?
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Expert Comment

ID: 40508864
Why not upload a sample database demonstrating the issue?

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SteveL13 earned 0 total points
ID: 40529095
Thank you to all that replied to my post.  I have decided to use my make-table solution.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40537495
Thank you to all that replied.  I have decided to use my own make-table solution.

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