Chapter 17

Searching, Sorting, and Querying a Database


check Searching and filtering a database

check Sorting databases

check Creating and using queries

If you need to find a specific name in your database, searching through the database alphabetically is possible but may be tedious. However, if you want the names of everyone in California who ordered more than $50,000 worth of supplies in the past three months, trying to find this information yourself would prove tedious and time-consuming. Access can search for this information in the blink of an eye.

If you search for specific types of data on a regular basis, you probably don’t want to keep telling Access what to search for over and over again. To simplify this, you can create a query. A query lets you define specific ways to search your data and save those parameters so you can retrieve data instantly the next time you need it.

Besides searching through data, Access can also sort data. Sorting can be as simple as organizing names alphabetically, or it can be more complicated, such as sorting names according to zip code, annual salary, and alphabetically by last name. Sorting simply rearranges your data so you can study it from ...

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