Replace everything after a space in a string

Posted on 2004-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
As the replace fn does not accept wildcards, how do I remove all characters in a string, AFTER the first space is encountered?
Ie; the original string may read: SONY ELECTRONICS
What I want this to be replaced with is simply: SONY

Question by:fjkilken
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by:Dishan Fernando
ID: 10867044
can you explan little more
You want this.
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ID: 10867091
Hi fjkilken,

How about

Left(MyField,CharIndex(' ',MyField)-1)

Tim Cottee
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ID: 10867232
The solution: "Left(MyField,CharIndex(' ',MyField)-1)" probably won't work as I do not know how many characters ( for the CHAR INDEX) will be in the string, ie; it could be SONY ELECTROINCS or just as easilt: PHILIPPS INDUSTRIES
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TimCottee earned 250 total points
ID: 10867259

That is the point, CharIndex tells you where the first space is in the string then takes everything to the left of that. Of course if it is an empty string it will fail but you can simply handle that with:

Left(MyField + ' ',CharIndex(' ',MyField + ' ') -1)


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