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Format function yields "Undefined function 'format' in expression error"

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Can anyone help with this somewhat basic question.  Im reading a book about vba for access 2000.  When i try one of their examples, it get a "Undefined function 'format' in expression error".

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I am trying to get the month name out of a date in a query.  In the field box, i have: MonthName: Format([DateOrdered], "mmmm").  Seems pretty simple to me, any ideas?  

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by:ADSaunders
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Hi elbarro,
Have you got ALL of Access installed .. Including the scripting support?

Regards .. Alan
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by:jadedata
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Hey elbarro!

  Check the menu Tools/References in the VBA Editor window.
  Make sure ALL the required references are check and that NONE show to be "Missing"

regards
Jack
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by:morpheus30
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Have you tried:

MonthName(Month([DateOrdered]))
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by:elbarro
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hey morpheus, you know any reason why what you mentioned worked and the other function didnt?
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by:morpheus30
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Now that's baffling.  I know weird stuff happens when a person upgrades from an old version of Access (say Access 97) to a new one (say Access 2000).  Only thing I can think of is maybe the references are incorrectly set.  Following jadedata's instructions above, you should see these references for Access 2000 CHECKED.  If you don't then there is your problem:

Visual Basic for Applications
Microsoft Access 9.0 Object Library
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by:elbarro
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Are the "references" application wide or mdb wide.  What i mean by this is, if i change them in one mdb, does it mean its changed in all?  or does it only apply to that particular db.

Thanks, Greg
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by:morpheus30
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It's changed for all...
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by:elbarro
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Heh, i dont see Access 9.0 Object library, but there are like 8 VBA dll's... any suggestions
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by:elbarro
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I guess, im trying to learn from this so that I can figure it out later on.  It seems as if the "Format" command is located in one of these dll's.  However, that particular dll either isnt on my system or isnt loaded.  Am I getting warm?
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by:morpheus30
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OK, now we have something!  You don't have Microsoft Access 9.0 Object Library, but maybe you do have Microsoft Access 8.0 Object Library.  That's why you were able to use one function and not the other.

Did you upgrade to 2000 from 97?

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by:elbarro
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Here's my scoop.  Im using Access XP and reading a book on Access 2000 before I read the next one on advanced Access.  I have never dealt with VB and find it rather unconventional.  Without me getting into too much detail, the upgrade was from the books 2k db to my XP Access.  Im getting a couple other errors from time to time as well with this DB.

Thanks for all your help.
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I see...

If you can do a fresh install of either program (not an upgrade) then this might solve your problems.  By the way, did you try looking for Microsoft Access 10.0 Object Library?  This is the library for Access XP.  You might find that it's there, but because it is UNCHECKED, you'll have to scroll down the window to find it (they are listed alphabetically).  Once you do, all you have to do is check the checkbox and it's ready...


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by:elbarro
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Thanks for all of your help.  You've answered my question and more.  I've posted another question if your interested under Question Title: how to swap info on reports, but i didnt want to bog down this thread.

Thanks again

Greg
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