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Approach String search

Approach String search

Approach String search

I am trying with difficulty) to produce a search using a variable.
How can I produce a find that will look for a string of characters within a field.
i.e. I have a variable '@varfind', it is filled with the surname 'thomas'.
My find needs to look for the word 'thomas' anywhere within the 'Name' field.
The data is imported to the application with variations such as Mr Thomas, Miss C A Thomas, Sir John Thomas QC, etc.

I would like the find to work from a macro and use a table to display the results. I have tried combining a '*' with @varfind but this does not work. Yet it will work as a straight forward find. Somehow I can't build a variable with a * in front.

RE: Approach String search

Go to find then find assistant.  Click next, then click on your field and then "contains the character(s)" then put thomas in the value then done.  Hope it works for you.

RE: Approach String search

Thankyou for your reply,
My problem is that I want to do a search using a variable field. If I , for example enter, "schlossy" in the variable field how then do I ensure that "schlossy" is found anywhere in the field not just at the beginning?
I am trying to automate the search from a form view that contains the variable.

RE: Approach String search

Find using variables is the answer.

1) enter a value that will be valid into your varfind field.

2) go into Find mode on the form where you want to do the Find and enter this condition into any text-type field on the form:

If(Position(namefield,varfind,1) > 0)

3) press Enter or click OK to complete the Find.

4) give your Find a name by typing over the "current find/sort" on the action bar and press Enter.

That should do it!

Sue Sloan

RE: Approach String search

Sue Sloan,
Thankyou so much , my search is now working a dream
It's great to have your guidance.

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