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Need to pull last 4 digits from an entered field and store this info in the form and in the table

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New employees are entered into our Access database through an Employee Form.  The last 4-digits of their SSN is used as their Payroll number.  I would like to have the 4 digits automatically stored in the Employee table and displayed on the Employee form to avoid an individual mis-keying this information.  
I have limited Access knowledge so an easy to implement solution would be welcome.
A very quick response would be appreciated since we need this field for a Payroll conversion we are performing.
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by:mbizup
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Rather than storing this as an additional field... you already have the full ssn:

- Set up a text box on your form /report named txtPayrollNumber
- In the textbox's property window, control source property:
= Right([YourSSNFieldName], 4)

(include the = sign.)
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by:PJ_KD
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I had tried this and for some reason the Right function is being rejected as an unacceptable function to use in the Control Source Property.  It was also not accepted in an Update Query.
I also would like to store this 4 digit value in the Table so that I can export the table contents to an Excel spreadsheet that is then imported into our payroll system.
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by:lucas911
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If you are getting an error using this function, then you probably have some references missing or active X objects are not registered properly.

View your source code then click on tools->references and see which ones are missing and re-click them if need be.
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As lucas911 suggested, check your references.

To update a table field with the last four SSN digits from your form, set up a textbox bound to payrollnumber, and use this code in the afterupdate event of the textbox where SSN is entered:

Private sub txtSSN_Afterupdate()
   me.txtPayrollNumber = Right(me.txtSSN,4)             '** Replace with your control names as needed
End Sub

This will take care of new and changed records.  You will need an update query, as you'd mentioned to extract the last four digits of your existing SSNs into a new field.
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by:PJ_KD
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Although the Right function should work, even after checking all of the references that could be checked, the Right function is not being recognized.  This database is Access 97 and Right should work, but I can't find what else to check.  I will keep looking.
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by:lucas911
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Exit your DB.  The go to START->Run - copy and paste:

regsvr32 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VBA\VBA6\VBE6.DLL

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I have scanned the C: drive and the Office 97 installation disk and the VBE6.dll file is not present.  I will look on Microsoft's web site and see if there is something that I can download. Thank you for your ongoing comments.
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I am looking at the link that you referenced and will see if that helps.  I will be back in touch.
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Thanks for both of your assistance.  It took me a while to figure out that I had some extra references that were preventing the "Right" function from working.  After the References in the Module area were set correctly, your help resulted in the resolution of my issue.

Many thanks.
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Glad to help out.
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