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Blank fields bring up entire database - how to avoid?



I recently created a relatively simple database of names and locations.  I have noticed that if you leave the fields blank and hit the search button, the entire database displays, which is not desirable.

As far as I can tell, the only way to prevent this is to put minimum character requirements in the fields.  This is okay but I was wondering if there's another solution I overlooked.

Thanks for your help!

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For most scenarios, I would consider a full result list in absence of search criteria desirable.

What do you desire in the absence of search criteria?


You might look at the Advanced tab and notice the "If left blank" options.

Or if you have multiple search criteria, the Logic tab can affect how your results are produced.

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