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numerical data type to string

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Last Modified: 2010-03-20
i have a legacy access database where the last db guy set up linked tables text columns as number data types. Because they are linked, i cannot just go in and change the datatype to String (or is there a way to without screwing up all the linked tables?). I am trying to concatenate two of these columns as text and they keep appearing as numberical values. When opening the tables in Access, the data is shown as text, even though it is typed as a number. Does anyone have any suggestions on concatenating two text strings stored as numbers and outputting a text string?
FYI - I have already tried unsuccessfully to use cStr() and format(), but i may have misused them as far as correct syntax.
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Have you tried

SELECT  CStr(NumberColumn1) +' '+ CStr(NumberColumn2)
FROM    YourTable

... or if they have null values ...

SELECT  CStr(nz(NumberColumn1, '')) +' '+ CStr(nz(NumberColumn2, ''))
FROM    YourTable

> I am trying to concatenate two of these columns as text and they keep appearing as numerical values.

Could you expand on that? What have you tried, what did you expect, and how did it fail?



the data field is for attorneys. For some unknown reason, the prev. db set it up as a numerical field. So, when you go to view the data in Access table view, you see the persons name like it should look as a string, but when i go to output it in a concatenation, it outputs as a numerical value. If i dont output it as a concatenation, it works just fine. When i refer to output, i am using the design view wizard to create an Access Query.


attorneys field1
john smith
albert johnson

attorneys field2
william jones
bill moore

when i perform a concat. it outputs:
10 13
12 15


the concat i tried was:
attorneys: [tablename.attorneys field1] & " " & [tablename.attorneys field2]
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Your table uses "lookup fields". The number is the ID number of an attorney. What you see in the combo box is the actual name of the attorney. However, only the number is stored in the table, and the value of the field, as used in any expression, is the attorney ID, not its name.

You have another table, let's call it tblAttorneys, containing the number (say, ID) and the name (say, FullName). That is where the combo gets its values, and that is where you need to get it from as well.

In the query, add the table containing the attorneys twice (once for each field linking to it). Make sure you see a line from, say, attorney1 to the field ID of the table tblAttorneys, and another from attorney2 to the same field in the second copy of the table, say tblAttorneys_1. To create such a join, drag one field to the other.

Then you can use either the number (attorney1) or the full name (tblAttorneys.FullName) in any expression.

Does that make sense?
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>> Your table uses "lookup fields"

That's probably one the most misunderstood /confusing feature of Access  ;-)  Helpful when viewing, confusing when designing queries.

I like them... except in cases that this one! -- (^v°)
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Exactly!    ;-)


So, in looking further, I have found that the fields are linked to by another table, but the data actually is in the table that I was trying to pull it from. It is just not coming through properly in the concat.

Some further detail:

if i do the following, the attorneys names come out properly:

SELECT attorneysField1 FROM tablename;
SELECT attorneysField2 FROM tablename;

but, when i do the following, it comes out as numbers instead:

SELECT [attorneysField1] + '  ' + [attorneysField2] AS [Legal Counsel] FROM tablename

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