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Is there a way to make the find box (Ctrl+F) default to match "Any part of field" instead of "Whole field".

Thanks in advance.

Jun 4 '08 #1
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Choose Options from the Tools menu.

On the Edit/Find tab, set:

Default find/replace behavior


General Search

You can set this programmaticall y with:

Application.Set Option "Default Find/Replace Behavior",1

But this is problematical in that it doesn't take effect until Access is closed then opened again. If someone should manually change the setting on a given machine, in any module of MS Office, it would have to be reset by your Access app again, once again being closed and reopened to take effect.

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Jun 4 '08 #2
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Hey, thanks ! it worked for me in Access 2010. By creating a macro called AutoExec with the instruction RunCode and passing it the name of the function (inside a module) that has your code.
Jan 29 '10 #3
3 New Member
Jump ahead 10 years to Access Microsoft 365.
Open up the database without even opening a table.

Top row Select Database Tools
"what do you want to do?" type OPTIONS - hit enter
Select Client Settings->Default Find/Replace Behavior
Select the General Search radio button
Press OK.

You have changed that default that not everyone would choose. AKA -driving them nuts!
Dec 29 '20 #4
3,653 Recognized Expert Moderator Specialist
Race Shooter,

NICE!!! Never thought to look there!
Dec 29 '20 #5
32,570 Recognized Expert Moderator MVP
You have changed that default that not everyone would choose. AKA -driving them nuts!
That's a very valid consideration - especially for changing options in code of course.

However, in this case instructions are offered to allow the user to make the choice consciously and with full awareness of what they're doing. If they don't like it then they simply choose not to do it.

The OP (Original Poster) has asked for help in order to make this change. The help was provided for them. It may also help countless others looking for the same thing. Anyone who chooses to follow these instructions, in spite of not actually wanting the same setup, needs help far beyond the scope of this website to handle wouldn't you say?
Dec 29 '20 #6
1 New Member
Thanks for the office 365 explanation, I needed this badly :)
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