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MS Access 2003: Create a parameter query that performs a wildcard search

This MSAccess tutorial explains how to create a parameter query that performs a wildcard search in Access 2003 (with screenshots and step-by-step instructions).

Question: In Microsoft Access 2003/XP/2000/97, I'm trying to build a parameter query that allows the user to input desired text, and the query will return all records that CONTAIN that text.

Answer: You can create a parameter query that utilizes a wildcard search as follows:

First create your query.

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Then enter your parameter using the LIKE clause and the special "*" character, since you want to perform a wildcard search. Parameters should be enclosed in square brackets as follows:

Like "*" & [Search text] & "*"

This will create a parameter called [Search text]. So that only those records from the Product_Info table will be returned where the Notes field contains the text that you enter as a parameter.

Next, you probably want to ensure that the user enters a text value. To do this, select Parameters under the Query menu.

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When the Query Parameters window appears, enter the parameter called [Search text], and select Text as the data type. Click on the OK button.

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Now, when you run the query, you will be prompted to enter the "Search text".

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In this example, we've entered the value "forms". So the query will only return those records where the Notes field contains the phrase "forms.

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