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Whan I format numeric string  in VB6.0
Fromat literal may be # or 0
? format(11-2424557,"##-#######")
--2424546  ( Result)
Expecting Result
11-2424557
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Question by:NasheerIT
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by:venkateshwarr
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It should be

format(112424557,"##-#######")

u r getting --2424546  bcoz  

11 minus 2424557 is -2424546 .
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Mike Tomlinson earned 25 total points
ID: 12061811
This will give you what you are expecting:
    Debug.Print Format("112424557", "##-#######")  ' Notice the quotation marks around the number!

The problem with:
   ? format(11-2424557,"##-#######")
is that the 11-2424557 part is evaluated first as numerics, giving you -2424546.  This only fills the right half of your format string giving you 00--2424546 (two negatives because one is from the format and one is from the negative value) but since you used ## instead of 00 it doesn't display the leading zeroes leaving you with just --2424546.

Regards,

Idle_Mind
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by:bruintje
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that's only working if you try numeric values not string values

? format(112424557,"##-#######")

The Format function converts a value to a text string and gives you control over the string's appearance

title : Using the Visual Basic format() function
source : http://www.apostate.com/programming/vb-format.html
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by:Corey2
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I don't know if there is a shorter way but this works

Sub test()
    MsgBox ReturnFormated(112424557)
    MsgBox ReturnFormated("11-2424557")
End Sub

Function ReturnFormated(Value As Variant) As String

    Dim MyString As String
    Dim TempString As Variant
    Dim MyStringArray() As String
   
    If TypeName(Value) = "String" Then
        MyStringArray = Split(Value, "-", -1)
        MyString = ""
        For Each TempString In MyStringArray
            MyString = MyString & TempString
        Next
        Value = MyString
    End If
   
    ReturnFormated = Format(Value, "##-#######")

End Function
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