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Search a Database on Partial String Matches

Search a Database on Partial String Matches

Question:
I have a database hooked up to my Web page. I can do a search and it works fine, but during my search, if I spell a word wrong, it will not return anything. How do I make it possible to search on a part of the input? For example, I want to be able to type (zz) and not (zz top) and get all the fields that have zz in them.

Answer:

In your SQL Statement where you are doing the search, instead of saying:

WHERE [field] = 'value'

Try saying:

WHERE [field] = '%value%'

This code is valid for SQL Server. If you are using Access, you need to use ‘*value*’.

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