How do I remove hidden characters from a string

Posted on 2006-07-18
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Last Modified: 2009-07-29
I have created a file upload dialog that simply puts the path to the file in a text box, however when I try to save the string to the DB there is hidden characters at the end of the path  to be exact. The Access DB does not like the  character. How do I avoid getting these into my string, simpler yet How can I find the start of the .   If I can trim everything after the file name (c:\images\joe.jpg) that would be great but I can not seem to just trim after the .jpg . Help
Question by:agilebiz
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Those are probably CarriageReturn/LineFeed characters.

You didn't say what version of Access you were using, but in Access 2000+ you can use the Replace function:

Replace(YourString, vbCrLf, "")

They could be these as well:


or a few others ... try each and see what returns the best result.

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try this function to remove characters

Public Function StripHighBitChars(sMemoText As String) As String

    Dim sReturn As String
    Dim x
    sReturn = ""
    For x = 1 To Len(sMemoText)
        ' The space character is 32.  Tilde (~) is the last low-bit printable character at 126.
        ' Chr(127) is DEL (non-printable) on a lot of systems now, so I did not include it.
        If ((Asc(Mid(sMemoText, x, 1)) > 31) And (Asc(Mid(sMemoText, x, 1)) < 127)) Then _
            sReturn = sReturn & Mid(sMemoText, x, 1)
    StripHighBitChars = sReturn

End Function

Simply pass in your string

    Dim sNewStr As String
    sNewStr = "c:\images\joe.jpg"
    MsgBox "Before : " & sNewStr
    sNewStr = StripHighBitChars(sNewStr)
    MsgBox "After : " & sNewStr


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ID: 17133480
Thanks RockiRoads your function worked great!!!  Very Slick
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