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Posted 21 May 2015


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To Search Data in Multiple Columns using 'IN' Clause

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21 May 2015CPOL
To search data in multiple columns using 'IN' clause


Let me show you how to search a record from multiple columns in a table by using Simple 'IN' Clause in SQL Server.

Using the Code

  1. Create a table with some dummy records to  show the demonstration:
    create table tbl_test
    (id int identity(1,1),
    column1 nvarchar(50),
    coulmn2 nvarchar(50),
    coulmn3 nvarchar(50))-- Create a table 
    insert into tbl_Test (column1,coulmn2,coulmn3) values
    ('King','Fisher','Griff')--Inserting some Dummy Records
  2. Now, I'm going to search the value where the data is 'Griff'. In the above table, there are 3 rows that contain 'Griff'.
    select *from tbl_test where 'Griff' IN (column1,coulmn2,coulmn3)
  3. By executing the above query, we will get the resultset like below:
    id   column1    coulmn2    coulmn3
    1    Griff      Serjey    Maciej
    3    Paul       Griff     Serjey
    4    King       Richard   Griff

The query will check all the mentioned columns where the input data is available by using the simple 'IN' clause.

Yeah, it's very simple, but I hope it's a very helpful tip.


  •  Created and published on May 22nd, 2015


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

King Fisher
Software Developer Motherson Sumi INfotech and Designs Limited
India India
I'm Graduated with B.Tech in Information Technology at year of 2012.
2013'June-2015'June :Worked as Web Developer in Avail Technologies, Madurai
2015 -till Date :Working as software Engineer in Motherson Sumi INfotech and Designs Limited,Chennai
Technical Skill : Sql Server, C#, JavaScript, Jquery, Asp.Net

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GeneralMy 5 Pin
Rajesh waran16-Jul-15 2:29
professionalRajesh waran16-Jul-15 2:29 
QuestionOne Question Pin
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MemberAnimesh Datta10-Jun-15 22:44 
QuestionMy vote Pin
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QuestionSearching Columns - Not Working Pin
treborbear26-May-15 5:17
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AnswerRe: Searching Columns - Not Working Pin
King Fisher26-May-15 19:14
professionalKing Fisher26-May-15 19:14 
Hello sir,
I have checked on Sql server 2008 and 2012, Also Mass Nerder said its working on Oracle 11G.
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Sachin Mahandule25-May-15 20:25
professionalSachin Mahandule25-May-15 20:25 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
King Fisher25-May-15 21:07
professionalKing Fisher25-May-15 21:07 
QuestionWorks with Oracle too! Pin
Mass Nerder22-May-15 4:15
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GeneralRe: Works with Oracle too! Pin
King Fisher22-May-15 4:21
professionalKing Fisher22-May-15 4:21 
GeneralGood one !!! +5 Pin
Tadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)22-May-15 1:12
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GeneralRe: Good one !!! +5 Pin
King Fisher22-May-15 1:19
professionalKing Fisher22-May-15 1:19 
GeneralRe: Good one !!! +5 Pin
Tadit Dash (ତଡିତ୍ କୁମାର ଦାଶ)22-May-15 1:32
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QuestionOne question Pin
Tridip Bhattacharjee21-May-15 22:18
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GeneralRe: One question Pin
King Fisher21-May-15 22:46
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