Setting Serial numbers back to 1 (automatically) at the beginning of Year.

I developed a few Databases (msaccess) with vb frontends. Every year I manually set the tracking numbers to 001.  However, I will be leaving my position in the near future and I want to leave the company with programs that need no user intervention if possible.  The serial number is 3 digits long, show the leading 0's (ex:001).  Can someone lead me in the right directon.  Everytime I think I have the answer, there is a loop hole somewhere.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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RodStephensConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm not sure which of this you need help with, but I can at least help with printing leading zeros.

    Format$(the_value, "000")
Dim i As Long
i = 1
Debug.Print Right$("00" & CStr(i), 3)
vannwmsAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the formating information, but I want to reset the tracking number to 001 on the first of the year.

Your assistance is appreciated.

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I would suggest having a procedure that checks for first day of year (Julian date of 0 as an example).  Place this code within your form_load event or some where similiar where it will be ran somewhere up front.

To top it off, place some sort of key value within your registry or INI file that flags that you have done this for the current year.  This way, if your user gets on the for the first time this year on Jan 3 - your flag for the current year should be false - set the flag to true and change the counter to 001.

Hope this helps some.
Ryan ChongCommented:
Hi, Create a small program to read the value of current number (from registry/ files/ database?), let the program run at Startup/ Windows boot, or set in registry:

(Create a string value in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run)

Just let the program read from the source from Starting windows, determine the value, if value Not equally to 0 and date = diedline (first day of the year), set it to 0, save a string/ key to stop detecting next time, or remove the string in Startup/ Windows boot, or set in registry.

Hope this give you an idea..
Remember you need to take into consideration whether or not people will be starting this application on the first day of every year.  Will the Julian date 0 be on a Saturday when nobody works - or is this program a batch type application?
Store the year to a registry key on initial installation.  Then each time the application is run check the current year. If it is not the same as the stored year then reset the tracking number.

Private Sub Form_Load()
  Dim sCurrentYear As String
  sCurrentYear = Year(Now)
  If GetSetting("app", "sec", "curryear", "") <> sCurrentYear Then
    If MsgBox("Reset tracking numbers?", vbOKCancel Or vbQuestion) = vbOK Then
      SaveSetting "app", "sec", "tracking", "001"
      SaveSetting "app", "sec", "curryear", sCurrentYear
    End If
  End If
End Sub

' or appropriate code to save tracking to the DB instead of SaveSetting.
vannwmsAuthor Commented:
Reset the tracking number was my biggest problem, but since none of the other ideas worked, I did use your solution for my formating problem.

Thanks Rod

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