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    Modified Universal Search

    This is a modified version of a Universal Search originally written by Candace Tripp. The original expected a numeric PK in the first field. I have modified it to have the PK in any position, BUT it must be a single field Primary Key. You are presented with a form into which you enter comma separated strings. The search is made against all text fields of data type text in all nonSystem tables.

    see attached OpeningForm ModifiedUniversalSearch.jpg

    Enter some sample keywords, or parts,separated by commas see Sample search terms.jpg

    Click Search and see results Sample Output from Search.jpg

    Double click one of the search results to open a detail form with some fields (first 11 IIRC) from the record in the table
    see DoubleClick on a term opens Detail Form.jpg

    The database was obtained from UtterAccess and modified by me as mentioned above. My changes were made in 2010, and the database was saved in 2003 mdb format.



    I have put in a few validation lines, trapped a couple of errors, and added a basic timer. It came with some sample data, and I have have linked a few of my own. Delete the linked tables and link to your own.

    Good luck !!!
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    Thank you for the upload Orange. This is going to come in handy.

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    Thanks Steve. I modified the original to help someone on a different forum. I don't think it will handle volumes, but it's more than adequate when people are search for 5-6 terms across all table all fields.

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    An update based on other threads:

    This routine does not work with attachment fields.

    I have attached a new zip (same name). This has been revised (28/Jun/2015) to remove the use of only text or memo fields. Other datatypes(numeric) should work fine.

    Note that the IDType refers to the datatype of the pk (N --numeric, T--text)

    You can adapt this to your data by
    -removing/deleting the linked tables
    -remove the original tables(these are useful for testing)
    -link all your relevant tables to the database.
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    This is useful. Thanks! But my not all my tables have primary keys :/
    As such, I can not search anything

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