Is There a Way to Make a Query Select ONLY the Last Two Records of a Table

I need a query that returns only the last two records of a table. By last two, i mean the two most recent.

Can anyone suggest a way to do that?
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Easy if you have a auto-incremented Identity field.

So, for a table called Table with a Identity field named TableID:

Select Top 2 table.* from table Order By TableID DESC

The last two created are returned.
RexQuality LeaderAuthor Commented:
I do not, but i do have sequenced date field. I can apply the TOP 2 approach to that i suppose? I wasn't sure about the TOP thing...
Yes.  As long as you sort DESCending, the top two will always be those records with the highest value.

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RexQuality LeaderAuthor Commented:
Thank you
You're welcome!

It is a handy tool...  It is also often used as a trick in tables with numeric sequential Primary Keys that are not set to auto-increment (Identity).  You find the highest value with a TOP 1 query, and add one to it.  But, then, why not just use an integer identity field with an increment of 1?

That said, I use an Identity field that auto-increments on just about every table I create for a primary key.  I stopped agonizing about whether I should or not years ago..  it makes life so much simpler.

Rarely, you get a table that can use a "Natural key", like a Social Security Number or Student ID as its primary key, but like I said, it is rare.
RexQuality LeaderAuthor Commented:
Thanks.... seems like good practice
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