Microsoft KB Archive/174539

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Article ID: 174539

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q174539

Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.


If you use the Filter By Form feature, and you are searching for words that start with is, you must use quotation marks around the string. If you type is*, the filter returns the following message:

  You can use the Is operator only in an expression with Null or Not Null.


Microsoft Access assumes that when you use is, you are referring to Is Null or Is Not Null expression.


To search for words that start with is, you must surround the entire string with quotation marks, including any wild card characters that you are using. For example, you would type is* in the Filter For box.


Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. In the sample database Northwind.mdb, open the Orders table.
  2. Click in the Customer column.
  3. Using the right mouse button (right-click), click to bring up the shortcut menu, and then click in the Filter For box.
  4. Type is*, and then press ENTER. Note that you receive the message mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.


For more information about using the Filter By Form feature, search the Help Index for "Filter by Form," or ask the Microsoft Access 97 Office Assistant.

Additional query words: prb

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