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Hi, how can I format number field in TSQL ? For example, in database I have field decimal(9,3) with value 123456.789 and I want get
123 456.79
or
123,456.8
I want define thousand delimiter and number decimal places.
In datetime fields is good function convert, but for decimal or integer not.

Thanks , Petr
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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convert to money:
select CONVERT ( money, yourfield, 1 )

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by:svab
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select CONVERT ( money, 1234.67, 1 )
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1234.6700

Where is my format?
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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sorry, i forgot the second convert:

select convert(varchar(30),convert(money, 32234344.9278),1)
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32,234,344.93

The convert to varchar needs to be from money to use the style property. See the convert topic in the BOL

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by:svab
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May I change number decimal places ? I want have 0,1 and 2.
And thousend delimiter is also fix, ",".
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 400 total points
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unfortunately, this is not possible.
Of course, you could REPLACE the "," by " ", and eventually truncate the decimal places using

v is the formatted column like above,d the number of decimale:
for d=0:  LEFT( v , CHARINDEX ( '.', v ))
for d=1:  LEFT( v , CHARINDEX ( '.', v )+2)
for d=2:  LEFT( v , CHARINDEX ( '.', v )+3)
d>2 not possible :-)

Now, if you really want better control of formatting, I would rather use the front-end language which typically have much better options to do so. Just an idea.
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May I change number decimal places ? I want have 0,1 and 2.
And thousend delimiter is also fix, ",".
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Thank You angellll
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by:Scott Pletcher
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If you are in SQL 2000, you could write a function which would give you any specific format you wanted.
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