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Posted on 2007-11-23
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I have an input box for a user to enter a social security number.  I would like to format the user input to: XX-XX-XXXX

Is this possible?

Thank you.

sUSocSec = InputBox("Please enter full patient Social Security Number:" & vbCrLf & "Format (XX-XX-XXXX)", "Social Security Number")
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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try this

sUSocSec = Format(InputBox("Please enter full patient Social Security Number:" & vbCrLf & "Format (XX-XX-XXXX)", "Social Security Number"), "##-##-####")
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Arthur_Wood earned 250 total points
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rather than asking the user to properly format the entry, you should allow the user to enter 9 digits, then verify that what the entered was in fact 9 numeric digits, and if so, then format the result as you need>

ALso, using an Input Box is not a good idea.  You would be better served to design your own form, and use that instead.  But with the Input Box:


Dim strSSN As String
strSSN = ""
Do Until Len(strSSN) = 9 And IsNumeric(strSSN)
    strSSN = InputBox("Please enter full patient Social Security Number:", "Social Security Number")
Loop
 
strSSN = Left(strSSN, 3) & "-" & Mid(strSSN, 4, 2) & "-" & Right(strSSN, 4)
 
 
AW

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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 250 total points
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you can remove the format instruction from the input box so the user will just enter the numbers



sUSocSec = Format(InputBox("Please enter full patient Social Security Number:", "Social Security Number"), "##-##-####")
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by:thandel
ID: 20339876
Hmmm Arthur interestin... however pressing cancel doesn't take the user out of this... how can the cancel button stop the loop?
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by:thandel
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Opps I added this... let me do more testing.

If strSSN = "" Then GoTo Exit_Err_SubmitCA_Click
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by:thandel
ID: 20339915
Here is what I"m testing with..... so far its working nicely.

        Do Until Len(strSSN) = 9 And IsNumeric(strSSN)
            strSSN = InputBox("Please enter patient Social Security Number" & vbCrLf & _
            "(without dashes)", "Social Security Number")
            If strSSN = "" Then GoTo Exit_Err_SubmitCA_Click
        Loop
        strSSN = Left(strSSN, 3) & "-" & Mid(strSSN, 4, 2) & "-" & Right(strSSN, 4)
        Me.Notes = "Social Security Number: " & strSSN & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & Me.Notes
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by:thandel
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Thanks, I split the points up a bit as both solutions answered my question.
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