This really is fundamental stuff, but I am somewhat not really acquainted with VBA and also the Word/Access object models.

I've got a two column database around 117000 records. The posts are 'surname' and 'count'. I would like a person to have the ability to type Cruz inside a textbox striking submit. Then i wish to run something similar to

SELECT table.count FROM table WHERE surname = string

and return the need for table.count inside a string.

It feels as though this ought to be 5 or 6 lines of code (which i've but will not publish) but I am clearly missing something!

Cheers

To begin with, be cautious naming the column 'count' -- this can be a keyword in SQL and can create problems. Similarly, don't call the table 'table'.

Here's some sample code which shows just one way of doing the work:

' This example uses Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.8,
' which you have to check in Tools | References

' Create the connection. This connection may be reused for other queries.
' Use connectionstrings.com to get the syntax to connect to your database:
Dim conn As New ADODB.Connection
conn.Open "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=c:\tmp\Database1.accdb"

Dim cmd As New ADODB.Command
Set cmd.ActiveConnection = conn

' Replace anything which might change in the following SQL string with ?

cmd.CommandText = "select ct from tbl where surname = ?"

' Create one parameter for every ?

Dim param As ADODB.Parameter
Set param = cmd.CreateParameter("surname", adBSTR, adParamInput, , TextBox1.Text)
cmd.Parameters.Append param

Dim rs As ADODB.Recordset
Set rs = cmd.Execute

MsgBox rs("ct")

rs.Close
conn.Close

You'll be able to use InsertDatabase:

Sub GetData()
    ActiveDocument.Bookmarks("InsertHere").Select

    Selection.Range.InsertDatabase Format:=0, Style:=0, LinkToSource:=False, _
        Connection:="TABLE Members", SQLStatement:= _
        "SELECT [Count] FROM [Members]" _
        & " WHERE Surname='" _
        & ActiveDocument.FormFields("Text1").Result & "'", _
        DataSource:="C:\docs\ltd.mdb", From:=-1, To:= _
        -1, IncludeFields:=True
End Sub

It is really an edited macro recorded while using database plugin.

EDITED Warning: this code, as proven, is susceptible to a SQL Injection attack.