If you are looking to refine your search experience in Access, we have developed a rather unique way to search multiselect fields from an unbound dropdown on the search form.  It involves creating a large form with fields you call by name, then run their contents into a SQL string which you pass into the form as a filter.  Note that in this example code, I change the Status text field to a Multi Select Simple box.  Then we use the search button to get the contents and turn the values selected into a string which works in the filter:


search in Access Database

This is the relevant code from the Search button, pulling the multi-select values in for my sql string.

Ultimately, I have to still build the string and get the filter applied but this is quite effective in producing a filtered list with more than one option in a single field selected during the search.   You can see my old code above where only one value would have been picked – as a reference point.

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Jeff Shirley

Jeff Shirley

Founder & CEO
Jeff brings over 27 years of experience to the table, along with numerous awards, certifications, and real-world implementations.  His database solutions are currently running in industries including government, mining, agriculture, finance, education, science, research, non-profits, and healthcare businesses around North America and serve thousands of users day to day.  Jeff is a five-time MVP Award recipient for Microsoft Access, acknowledging contributions to community projects, evangelism, and educational outreach on Microsoft technologies.  Today there are less than 50 Access MVP’s worldwide. While Jeff focuses day to day on business management, IoT development, IT integrations and design, database architecture or other typical complex tasks, he also is a co-owner of Blue Heron Gardens, a commercial apiary running over 200 beehives.  Fresh honey is a small perk for many of our clients!

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Mitch works with our clients day to day ensuring web development and IT projects are done to exceed customer expectations.  His background includes formal training in IT, Microsoft and CompTIA certifications, real-world business experience, and a true dedication to ensuring clients receive timely and professional support on their projects with Rivercity Technology Services.  Given the most difficult requests for IT solutions, Mitchell can assist our clients in finding a path to the best options which deliver results for our clients.  Mitchell is an avid soccer player and Manchester City fan, be sure to talk soccer with him when you can.