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Microsoft: Access Forms FAQ

Mega Search

Power Search Simply by leobaby
Posted: 15 Jun 02

Here's a really cool and easy way to make a power search.

1. Create a form with textboxes for your search fields. They should have a default value "*" for now. The form doesn't need a data source.

2. Create a query on the data source you wish to search. For each field you want searchable change the Criteria to something like this....
Like [Forms]![frmPowerSearch]![Criteria3]
When you run this query it will be the results of your search. Best part is, the search criteria can have wildcards such as search* (begins with) or *search* (contains), others too I think.

Of course you can put the query as a subform of your search form and have a button that either requeries it or sets the data source (which requeries).  such as...

[Forms]![frmPowerSearch]![frmPowerSearchResults].Form.RecordSource = "qryPowerSearch"

: (
One problem with this method of searching is that null values have bad effects on the ability to search a record. I think a null anywhere in the record causes it to get skipped. In the query you can just use an iif statement in the field: box (where the name of the column is usually displayed) like so....
IIf(IsNull([tblCustomers].[Customer])=True," ",[tblCustomers].[Customer])
Do this for every field that could be null.

Of course there are lots of things you can do to make this search more robust.


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