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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   9 months ago

Create a Search-As-You-Type Box in MS Access

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In this Microsoft Access tutorial I'm going to teach you how to create a search-as-you-type box for your Microsoft Access forms.

Benjamin from Euclid, Ohio (a Platinum Member) asks: Is there a way to create a search box in my customer list form that allows me to quickly find a customer by their first or last name? Ideally, I'd like to start typing the first few characters and have it immediately direct me to that customer, similar to how a Google search begins showing results before you've finished typing. Is such a feature possible in Access?


Members will learn how to create a single text box to search on any field and have the results automatically update every time they press a key. Will make a button to clear the search box.

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  • If your combo box isn't automatically selecting a value after you type a few characters in, make sure the AutoExpand property is set to Yes. This is the default setting now, but in some older versions of Access it was No. You can set this to No if you want to use a combo box and have tons of records (or a slow network connection) and you want to speed up your box.

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Comments for Search As You Type
Age Subject From
20 daysRuntime Error 2185Chris Pardy
27 daysAutoCorrect IssueJeffrey Kraft
4 monthsUnfiltering the SearchboxKathy Henry
6 monthsRuntime Error 2185Daniel Lewis
7 monthsSearchAsYouType NumbersJames Hopkins
8 monthsSort OrderMonica Jones
9 monthsSearch and then new recordMichael Olgren
9 monthsUse this for a combobox valueSimon Levesque
9 monthsID numbersMonica Jones
9 monthsSpeedy RecoveryMonica Jones
9 monthsSearch As You Type Bug?Thorsten Zimni
9 monthsGood luckBert Harmsma
9 monthsSearch as you TypeJohn Davy


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