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Microsoft Access Parameter Query

Asking the user for criteria when you run your queries

Q: I would like my users to be able to change the criteria for a query, but not have to learn how to make design changes. For example, when I run a query of customers by state, I want the user just to be able to type in the state when the query runs - perhaps with a prompt. Any ideas?

A: To do this, use an Parameter Query. To do this, just place a criteria for the field(s) you want to have parameters for, and put a prompt for your user inside of square brackets. Like this:

Now when your query runs, you'll be prompted to enter the state as a parameter.


Here is a FREE VIDEO TUTORIAL that will walk you through this topic in detail.

I teach the concepts in this free mini tutorial in my Access 102 course. These are full courses - over 60 minutes in length each. I spend a lot more time going over how to do this, in addition to lots more tips and tricks.

UPDATE: I also cover Parameter Queries in a lot more detail in Access 2010 Beginner Level 5.


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