Using MS Access/comparing rows


Hi, Is it possible to compare rows via a query.

i.e. in excel I could do =A1=A2 to compare certain fields then if they are different/the same flag.

Is there a way of doing something similar in access?

Hi Jonathan,

Comparing of Rows is performed using a common field existing in both the tables. Usually this field is a Primary key in one table which can be a Foreign key in another table OR both may not be PK or FK keys.
The values need to be common in both tables in MS-Access in order to compare them.

Tip: Try constructing a UNION query

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Manish Batola

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