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How can I apply conditions that are not case-sensitive when using TSCount or TSSum with a LIKE operator?


The LIKE operator is useful for identifying rows in a table by matching on a partial value.  For example, the following expression would identify vendors with names containing the word “Electric” (referred to as the search-text in this article):

[VNAME] LIKE '%Electric%'


Comparisons using the LIKE operator are case-sensitive and so you may not receive the desired results depending on the use of upper or lower case letters in your search-text.  For example, the search text '%electric%' would return different results than '%Electric%'.

Special Note - Advanced users may use an SQL statement as the table-name argument in order to improve performance with large data-sets.  When this is done, the conditions specified in the filter argument are processed locally and are not case-sensitive.


When using the LIKE operator with TSCOUNT or TSUM, you can force the comparisons to be case-insensitive by forcing both the database value and search-text to upper case in your filter argument.

Here is an ordinary TSCOUNT function that uses the LIKE operator to count the number of AP Vendor records having a name that contains the search-text entered in cell B1.  This function would be case-sensitive:


Both sides of the comparison can be forced to upper-case during the comparison so that the result will no longer be case-sensitive.  This is done using the SQL UCASE function with the column name, and Excel’s UPPER function with the search-text as shown here:


Note that the parts of the formula that were changed are highlighted.