Remove - from phone number

Posted on 2001-07-16
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
How can I write and update query to remove the dashes from my table.  I have 2 phone number fields that look like this 555-555-5555 I want to remove the dashes.

Question by:cat4larry
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ID: 6287504
update person set phone_number = replace(phone_number, '-', '')

if you are running SQL 7.0 or 2000

Author Comment

ID: 6287559
Trouta thanks you answered the question one last thing what if the phone number is formated like this (555)-555-5555 how can i remove the () and -'s  thanks very much

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trouta earned 25 total points
ID: 6287565

update person set phone_number = replace(phone_number, '-', '')
update person set phone_number = replace(phone_number, ')', '')
update person set phone_number = replace(phone_number, '(', '')


update person set phone_number = replace(replace(replace(phone_number, '-', ''), ')', ''), '(', '')


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