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Chapter 7. Find and Filter

Chapter 7. Find and Filter

This is the first of three chapters that will help you find, display, and retrieve specific records. It focuses on the Find dialog box and, more important, filters. The chapter also teaches you about wildcards and expressions, which are essential for using Find, filtering records and, more important, creating queries. Although I don't discuss queries until Chapter 8, “Queries,” many query basics—AND and OR criteria, the design grid, and operators—are introduced here.

In a well-worn conceit of old TV sitcoms, Ward Cleaver (or Jim Anderson, or Ozzie Nelson) is pillaging the hallway closet. He's looking for his fishing tackle, bowling ball, or soldering iron. Finally he calls out to June (or Margaret, or Harriet) for help, complaining that he can never find anything in this darn house. Mom comes running, takes one look at the shelves, and, with a look that combines tender love and seething exasperation, hands Dad one of his cherished possessions.


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