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Parameters: Variable Filter

In this post I want to discuss the purpose and give examples of Variable Filters.

What Are Variable Filters?

Variable Filters are linked to a Parameter and when used can modify a filter statement.

Why Use Variable Filters?

They can be useful when the user wants to use either two completely separate filter statements, or a modified filter statement based off of parameter input.

Below is a step by step example/guide to create and use a Variable Filter.

Step 1: Create Your First Parameter

- Set Type to "Combobox"

- Set Datatype to "None" (Default)

- Set Default Value to "N"

- Set the Description. Example: Select (Y) to use the additional Filter Statement

- Set Type to a "Combobox"

- Add the Values List items "Y" and "N". This step is important as these are going to be the names of the Variable Filters. (Spelling And Case Sensitive)

- Set Variable Filter to "True"

Step 2: Add The Variable Filters

- Add Two Variable Filters by clicking the + in the Variable Filters section below Parameters.

- Rename BOTH Variable Filters. The first should have the name "N" and the second "Y".

Step 3: Add The Variable Filter's Statement (SQL Filter Statement)

- Select the "Y" Variable Filter and add the filter statement "(dbo.Orders.EmployeeID IN (1,2,4,6,9))"

- This will be the Value of the parameter when "Y" is selected.

Step 4: Add The Parameter Into FSGS

- Inside the FSGS tab, turn on Advanced Filtering

- Add the parameter to the filter criteria in the advanced filtering section. Parameter Name: ?Parameter1?

Step 5: Run The View & Verify Results

- Run the View selecting N and view available records.

- Run the View selecting Y and view available records.

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