3 Parts to a Query Formula in Access

There are three parts to a query formula. The field name, colon, and the formula. From the query design view, click in the next available blank field. Then type what you would like to name the field. Follow with a colon, then the formula. User defined field names have square brackets around them.

access query

A view from the Query design will look like the following screenshot below.
Access query formula

Another option is to right click the formula field in the query design view then click build. This option is nice because you can double click on the field to insert it in the formula. It also helps avoid typo mistakes.
Expression Builder access query

About Steve Chase

I'm a proud husband and dad to 4 boys! Microsoft Certified Trainer and Boy Scout Leader are some of things I call myself. The Cincinnati Reds are my favorite team! When not outdoors, I enjoy working with documents in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Visio and Photoshop. My wife, Erin, shares her awesome recipes on her blog at 5dollardinners.com.
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