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    Selection of data using MS Query

    I have a large table of data in random order each row of which is dated. I need to be able to extract from this items which have dates between two givens. I was hoping to do this using MSQuery.
    I can find the table in query and set the date range as the criteria. If I directly type the dates into the criterion area it works. However if I set the criteria using parameters (which I will need to do) I get an error " Invalid Character value for cast specification."
    This error persists whatever format I use for the dates.
    What am I doing wrong?
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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    Make sure you are entering the date parameter in the right format. For example, in Oracle, unless otherwise specified, it expects dates to be in 'dd-mmm-yyyy' format. Access seems to be a bit more understanding and accept mm/dd/yy or mm/dd/yyyy (on the left side of the pond at least).

    Experiment with different date formats.
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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    dflak,
    Thanks for your interest. I have become aware of the vagaries of date format requirements. Sometimes MSQuery seems to accept any format, at others it requires yyyy/mm/dd. I have actually tried all reasonable formats for the dates, but always with the same result if these dates were entered as parameters.
    I don't think that this is the prime cause of my problem.
    I realise that I had not made it clear before that the table I wish to query is in Excell. in fact in the same workbook as I am working in. I believe that until a few versions ago it was not possible to use MSQuery in this way with Excel, perhaps there is still a limitation?
    John

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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    Hi,

    Is there a reason for not using an autofilter and copy/paste? It can be automated of course.
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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    xlnitwit,
    There is no reason beyond the fact that I had forgotten that possibility. Thanks fir reminding me
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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    xlnitwit
    I have tried automating the autofilter with this code
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    It works in the sense that an autofilter happens, but there are no results are selected. I think the Criteria line is wrong, can you help please?
    I have attached a workbook
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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    Please try this
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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    xlnitwit,#Many thanks for your help. Your code did the trick.
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    You're most welcome.

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    Re: Selection of data using MS Query

    I agree with the suggestion of copying and pasting a filtered list as preferable to using MS-Query. But FYI: you can use MS-Query against an Excel Spreadsheet including referencing itself.

    Perhaps a different solution would be to define the data either as a table or named dynamic range and use a pivot table. These can be done in a tabular form and with 2010 and later, you can repeat the row headers so it should look like the filtered list.

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