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# simple formula to make first letter of a name in caps

Posted on 2004-09-22
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how can i create a function where a name like  JHONES or  jHOnes     can become Jhones   so the first letter is in caps only.
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Question by:gianitoo
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What version of Crystal are you using?

In version 9 or 10, there is a function called ProperCase that will do it for you.

ProperCase({table.name})

If you have a version prior to 9, then try this:

Uppercase({table.name}[1]) & lowercase(mid({table.field},2))
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i use 10
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CR9 + uses the Propercase function.  if you have 8.5 or lower, you could create a formula similar to:

Uppercase(Left({table.field},1)) + Lowercase(Mid({table.field},2,Length(TrimRight({table.field}))))

~Kurt
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bdreed35's formula is much more concise - i'm too old school:-).  If you're on 10, then you should use Propercase :-)
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hi rhinok

Question is where will the user add the formula in design mode..??
which property will reflect the changes, as per the above formula??
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You don't use the logic above in one of the properties of that name field, you create a new formula and use the logic there.

If you need step by step instructions on how to create this then here you go:

Open the Field Explorer, if it is not open already.  Chance are it is open already in 10 but if nit, go to View menu, Field Explorer.
Right click "Formulas", and select new.
Give it a name, possibly Name, and click the use Editor button.
In the editor, enter the logic we gave you:

ProperCase({table.name})

You will need to swap {table.name} with the field that has your date in it.
Click Save and Close.
Lastly, drag the new Formula from the Field Explorer to your report canvas.  Place it where you want it displayed.

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hi bdreed35

thanx  for the comment above..
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