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sorry for such a silly question. I'm trying to figure out how to write a query in access 2003 similar to the: LIKE '%'+ @parameter +'%'

in my test table...i have a record for Anthony Gwynn. In SQL, with the aforementioned LIKE query, I can type in Ant for the first name parameter and the record for Anthony Gwynn would pop up.

so far i've tried (in design view)

LIKE [*]
LIKE [?*]

but so far none of these have produced any results. at least it's asking me for a parameter :P

Try parametrized query:
PARAMETERS [inputtext] CHAR;
FROM TableName
WHERE FieldName Like [inputtext]

For further information, please see:
PARAMETERS Declaration (Microsoft Access SQL)[^]
Using parameters with queries and reports[^]
Tips and Techniques for Queries in Access 2007[^]
figured the answer. sorry for such a silly question.

sql: LIKE '%'+ @parameter +'%'

access: LIKE "*"& [most people seem to tyep in a prompt here:] &"*"

in the square brackets, do not use a column header name and do not forget the colon inside the bracket. seem like that's important.

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