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    Quick filter problem

    We have a database I designed years ago running on A5 v4.03 - I just moved it to another computer because of hardware trouble.

    Everything seems to be working fine with one exception... filter (or query) results are not being saved after you exit a form or browse. On the old system, you could filter a table and the results would remain filtered even if you closed the table until you selected "show all". Now, every time you filter, then close and reopen a table, every record is displayed ignoring the filter.

    The old system was running WinME and the new one is XP. I can't think of any other differences. I used the exact same A5 v4.01 CD and then downloaded the v4.03 patch. I'm sure I did the same thing when I originally loaded the software. It's been a long time since I worked on the database design, so I apolgize in advance if I'm missing something obvious.


    RE: Quick filter problem

    Hi Rick,

    When you click on .... form,properties,filter/query when your opening form is in design mode, is there a filter or query listed?


      RE: Quick filter problem

      Hi Edward,

      I checked, there are no filter expressions. There's one table listed (it's a simple one table database) and nothing else on the filter/order tab.



        RE: Quick filter problem


        I am using A5v4.5 and cannot replicate what you describe.

        If I open the Invoice sample app and then open the default form for the Customer table, I can quick filter the state field to show only those customers from MA (Massachusetts, I guess.) there are only 20.

        If I close the form this closes the table supporting it.

        I then open the invoicing form, browse a few records, and close it.

        I then re-open the default form (or browse) for the customer table again. The filter is still in place.

        I suggest you follow the same sequence to see what you get. Be careful to do it exactly as I've described. let us know whether your filter remains in place when you open the default form for the customer table the second time.

        -- tom


          RE: Quick filter problem

          Hi Tom,

          Followed your sequence and it works perfectly in the sample invoice, but will not work in my database. I've been comparing the properties of my table and the sample invoice table and find no real differences... at least that I can see.

          I installed the software on another system and the problem remains. While playing around with my "test system", I tried to compact the database and I get an error message - "Could not update: order_~1 Would you like to continue?"

          I have 4 simple tables and no sets. I've tried to quick filter the other tables and get the same result of all records displayed after the table is closed then opened.



            RE: Quick filter problem

            I meant to include: the main table (order_form) has about 7000 records, the other 3 tables are pretty small and used for drop down menus.



              RE: Quick filter problem


              Do you get the same results with your tables AND using the DEFAULT FORM for each?

              Suggest you do further testing without using any of your custom forms.

              -- tom


                RE: Quick filter problem


                I right-clicked the table, selected open default form, quick filtered, closed form, opened form... and it works. Now the interesting part... I opened my designed form and the results are STILL FILTERED. I clicked show all, selected a different field to filter, closed, opened and IT'S WORKING.

                Now I'm doing this on my "test system" and admittedly I've changed a few settings then restored them, but it was not working when I gave up a couple of hours ago. I will have to wait until tomorrow to try this on the "real system" but hopefully it will respond the same way. I will let you know.

                Thank you,