Filter Records to display a subset of records in a Table
In a table with hundreds or thousands of records, scrolling back and forth in the datasheet is about as relaxing as a pneumatic drill at 3:00 a.m. Sometimes, you do not even need to see all the records at once they arejust a finger-tiring distraction from the data you are really interested in. In this case, you should cut the datasheet down to
just the records that interest you, with filtering.
To filter records, you specify a condition that the record must meet to be included in the datasheet. For example, an online store might pick out food items from a full product catalog, a shipping company might look for orders made last week, and a dating service might hunt down bachelors who do not live with their parents. When
you apply a filter condition, you end up hiding all the records that do not match your requirements. They are still in the table.
Access has several different ways to apply filters. In the following sections, you will start with the simplest, and then move on to the more advanced options.
Notice that the Status bar at the bottom of the datasheet now reads Record 1 of 7 (Filtered). This tells you that not all records in the table are being displayed.