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Use UNION statement in SQL to create a dummy record. by Klopper
Posted: 2 May 02

Picture this:
A combo box on a form has an SQL statement for a row source:
Eg. "SELECT DISTINCT City FROM tblCustomer"

This obviously populates the combo box with a unique list of all the cities in the tblCustomer table.  Lets say the the users makes a selection from the combo box to run a sales report by city - by using the SELECT DISTINCT statement as a row source, the combo box will always show all the cities in the table.

To provide the user with an option to run the sales report for ALL cities, use the UNION statement to create a dummy record:
Eg. "SELECT DISTINCT City FROM tblCustomer UNION SELECT 'ALL' AS City FROM tblCustomer"

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