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How do i use left function in Microsoft Access?

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by Jason, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Jason

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    I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)

    Thanks
    Jason
     
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  3. schasteen

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    in a queary you would do:
    Left([YourFieldName],2)


    "Jason" wrote:

    > I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    > out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    > to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    > query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    > such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)
    >
    > Thanks
    > Jason
     
  4. John Vinson

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    On Mon, 15 May 2006 12:54:02 -0700, Jason
    <Jason@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    >out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    >to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    >query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    >such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)
    >
    >Thanks
    >Jason


    Could you give a bit more information? What fieldname in the table are
    you trying to substring? What do you mean by "numbers on a chain"?
    Could you post an example of the data currently in the table, and the
    desired result?

    John W. Vinson[MVP]
     
  5. Jason

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    i put the fuction in the criteria box as. Left([Serial Number], 2) and it
    won't work, i've tried serval varients of it too.

    Jason


    "John Vinson" wrote:

    > On Mon, 15 May 2006 12:54:02 -0700, Jason
    > <Jason@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    > >out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    > >to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    > >query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    > >such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)
    > >
    > >Thanks
    > >Jason

    >
    > Could you give a bit more information? What fieldname in the table are
    > you trying to substring? What do you mean by "numbers on a chain"?
    > Could you post an example of the data currently in the table, and the
    > desired result?
    >
    > John W. Vinson[MVP]
    >
     
  6. schasteen

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    Put the expression in an empty field box

    "Jason" wrote:

    > i put the fuction in the criteria box as. Left([Serial Number], 2) and it
    > won't work, i've tried serval varients of it too.
    >
    > Jason
    >
    >
    > "John Vinson" wrote:
    >
    > > On Mon, 15 May 2006 12:54:02 -0700, Jason
    > > <Jason@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > >I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    > > >out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    > > >to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    > > >query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    > > >such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)
    > > >
    > > >Thanks
    > > >Jason

    > >
    > > Could you give a bit more information? What fieldname in the table are
    > > you trying to substring? What do you mean by "numbers on a chain"?
    > > Could you post an example of the data currently in the table, and the
    > > desired result?
    > >
    > > John W. Vinson[MVP]
    > >
     
  7. Jason

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    If put in a query field name, it says there is a syntax error due to the
    comma being there, and won't do anything at all if the comma is removed.

    Jason

    "schasteen" wrote:

    > Put the expression in an empty field box
    >
    > "Jason" wrote:
    >
    > > i put the fuction in the criteria box as. Left([Serial Number], 2) and it
    > > won't work, i've tried serval varients of it too.
    > >
    > > Jason
    > >
    > >
    > > "John Vinson" wrote:
    > >
    > > > On Mon, 15 May 2006 12:54:02 -0700, Jason
    > > > <Jason@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > > >
    > > > >I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    > > > >out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    > > > >to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    > > > >query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    > > > >such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)
    > > > >
    > > > >Thanks
    > > > >Jason
    > > >
    > > > Could you give a bit more information? What fieldname in the table are
    > > > you trying to substring? What do you mean by "numbers on a chain"?
    > > > Could you post an example of the data currently in the table, and the
    > > > desired result?
    > > >
    > > > John W. Vinson[MVP]
    > > >
     
  8. schasteen

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    Please post the sql string that you are getting the error from. You can get
    the SQL by going to the view menu and selecting SQL view. It is hard for me
    to know much else since I can not see your screen so I am left to guess
    without any more information.

    "Jason" wrote:

    > If put in a query field name, it says there is a syntax error due to the
    > comma being there, and won't do anything at all if the comma is removed.
    >
    > Jason
    >
    > "schasteen" wrote:
    >
    > > Put the expression in an empty field box
    > >
    > > "Jason" wrote:
    > >
    > > > i put the fuction in the criteria box as. Left([Serial Number], 2) and it
    > > > won't work, i've tried serval varients of it too.
    > > >
    > > > Jason
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "John Vinson" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > On Mon, 15 May 2006 12:54:02 -0700, Jason
    > > > > <Jason@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > >I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    > > > > >out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    > > > > >to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    > > > > >query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    > > > > >such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)
    > > > > >
    > > > > >Thanks
    > > > > >Jason
    > > > >
    > > > > Could you give a bit more information? What fieldname in the table are
    > > > > you trying to substring? What do you mean by "numbers on a chain"?
    > > > > Could you post an example of the data currently in the table, and the
    > > > > desired result?
    > > > >
    > > > > John W. Vinson[MVP]
    > > > >
     
  9. John Vinson

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    On Tue, 16 May 2006 07:50:02 -0700, Jason
    <Jason@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >If put in a query field name, it says there is a syntax error due to the
    >comma being there, and won't do anything at all if the comma is removed.


    What you should have there is:

    NewFieldName: Left([fieldname], 2)

    Some distinct field name (different from any existing field names) to
    the left of the colon;

    the word Left followed by a left parenthesis;

    the name of the field that you want to extract in square brackets;

    a comma;

    the number of characters to extract;

    A right parenthesis.


    John W. Vinson[MVP]
     
  10. Jason

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    Thanks, i figured out how to use it.

    "schasteen" wrote:

    > Please post the sql string that you are getting the error from. You can get
    > the SQL by going to the view menu and selecting SQL view. It is hard for me
    > to know much else since I can not see your screen so I am left to guess
    > without any more information.
    >
    > "Jason" wrote:
    >
    > > If put in a query field name, it says there is a syntax error due to the
    > > comma being there, and won't do anything at all if the comma is removed.
    > >
    > > Jason
    > >
    > > "schasteen" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Put the expression in an empty field box
    > > >
    > > > "Jason" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > i put the fuction in the criteria box as. Left([Serial Number], 2) and it
    > > > > won't work, i've tried serval varients of it too.
    > > > >
    > > > > Jason
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > "John Vinson" wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > > On Mon, 15 May 2006 12:54:02 -0700, Jason
    > > > > > <Jason@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > > > > >
    > > > > > >I can't get the left function to work in Microsoft access. I need to separate
    > > > > > >out numbers on a chain taking several quiries into three separate instances
    > > > > > >to break it up. Can i do this in a table format from the orinal data or a
    > > > > > >query, i cant get it to work even though i tried several ways that i found
    > > > > > >such as : Left(string,2) or Left([string],2)
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >Thanks
    > > > > > >Jason
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Could you give a bit more information? What fieldname in the table are
    > > > > > you trying to substring? What do you mean by "numbers on a chain"?
    > > > > > Could you post an example of the data currently in the table, and the
    > > > > > desired result?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > John W. Vinson[MVP]
    > > > > >
     

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