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Microsoft Access 2007 Tips: Using Functions (Formulas) in Parameter Queries

written by: Curt Smothers•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/3/2009

Parameter queries in a database allow us to ask the same question, but with a different variable. This article demonstrates how to add a function to a query that narrows down our data by means of a calculation. Read on and discover some handy function "formulas" to add zip to your database.

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    Calculating (or Narrowing) Data With a Parameter Query

    In Parts 1 through 3 of this article series, we demonstrated how parameter queries can be added to forms and reports to display only the data we are interested in viewing. This article takes the process one step further by adding a calculation to parameter query, specifically by:

    • finding and displaying records within a specific timeframe
    • finding and displaying records that fall within a specified period of time in past
    • finding and displaying records that have a specified numerical value
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    Demo screenshots in this article are from a sample database “Sapphire Sales." All queries are based on a table in that database named "Sales Table."

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    First Things First: How to Create a Parameter Query

    To create your query:

    ♦ Open the table that you want to run the query on and select the “Create" tab. Click on “Query Design" in the “Other" Group. The table we are using in this demo is “Sales Table."

    ♦ Click on the “Create" tab, and “Query Design" in the “Other" group. The query design window will open.

    ♦ Double click on the “Sales Table" to add the table to your query window.

    ♦ Double click on the fields that you want the query to display.

    The screenshots below illustrate the foregoing steps.

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    The Sales TableQuery design view
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    Finding and displaying records within a specific time frame

    Now that we have our query view, we can add functions that narrow down our data. First, we want our query to display only those records of a specific month and year. Here's how:

    ♦ In the Query design window, enter the following function in the Criteria row of the Date of Sale field column:

    Year([Date of Sale])=[Enter Year] And Month([Date of Sale])=[Enter 1 -12]

    ♦ Run the Query by clicking on the red exclamation point in the Results group (first on the left at the top of the query design window).

    The screenshots below illustrate the query and its results:

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    Query in design viewNew Query Table
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    Finding and displaying records that fall within a specified period of time in past

    Next, we want our query to show us only those records that were created within a specified number of days in the past. Here's how:

    ♦ In the query design window, enter this function in the Criteria row of the Date of Sale column:

    >Date()-[The last how many days?]

    The screenshot below illustrates the executed query in Design view:

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    Finding and displaying records that have a range of numerical values

    Finally, we want our query to display records that have a specified range of dollar values. Here's how:

    ♦ In the query design window, enter this function in the Criteria row of the Amount of Sale column:

    Between [Enter Minimum Amount] And [Enter Maximum Amount]

    The screenshot below illustrates the query in Design view:

    Between formula in parameter query 

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    The Final Touches

    Once you have your calculated parameter queries designed and working, you can generate new forms and reports based on those queries. You may also want to specify the order (ascending or descending) in which the data is displayed. Use the Sort row in the query Design view to specify sort order for your data.

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    More Information on Parameter Queries

    Access Tips - Using Parameter Queries

MS Access: Using Parameter Queries

The parameter query is an efficient way to access your database without the need for multiple select queries. This series offers advice and pointers for creating, using and attaching parameter queries to Microsoft Access database objects.
  1. MS Access Database Queries: The Economy of Parameter Queries
  2. MS Access: Adding Parameter Queries to a Form
  3. MS Access: Adding Parameter Queries to a Report
  4. Microsoft Access 2007 Tips: Using Functions (Formulas) in Parameter Queries


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