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Windows 7: Microsoft Office 2007 Access Queries

22 Oct 2011   #1

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Microsoft Office 2007 Access Queries

Hello. I am writing an Access Database which will hold a lot of information about software, books and whatever else I am going to store in there. (Yes, Data entry will take a long time, but not a problem).

I have made a query which will search the Books database for Author, and I was wondering how I can make it a little less accurate. Too weird? let me explain.

So far, It searches for the author using Exact Matching from the input box in the query
[Search for author by the name of:]
for example, when I want to search for Phillip Pullman, the way that Calibre added the author names, I have to type (Exactly, letter for letter) "Pullman, Philip". Is it possible to make it less accurate so It will bring back results when I search for "Philip" or "pullman" or "philip pullman"?

Thanks in advance,

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22 Oct 2011   #2


Yes, you can do this. The key is to use the * or ? character to represent, respectively, any character string or any single character. Put these in the Criteria part of the query and you should be able to get what you want. For example

Like "b???" will get all names that are 4 letters long and the begin with b

Like "bea*" will get all names of any length that start with bea

Here is the actual SQL query code for a query that works:

SELECT [Non-GrantParticipants].Last
FROM [Non-GrantParticipants]
WHERE ((([Non-GrantParticipants].Last) Like "b???"));
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23 Oct 2011   #3

Micro$oft Windows 7 Ultimate x64

ah, thank you bbinnard.

Noob question alert!: Where would I put the SQL in M$ access '07?
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