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Posted on 2007-11-29
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hi all i have my data like this
MP1M A
QX31 S
MP1M A
FA20 S
FA20 S
PTTF      P        F
FN3NM0014 P        S
FN3NM0014 P        S
FN3NM0014 S        S
FN3NM0014 S        S
FN3NM0014 S        S
FN3NM0014 S        S

i want to remove all the data after the first space. i dont want anything after the first space.  how can i write a query the filed name for this "billcode"  

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SELECT LEFT(urColumn, CHARINDEX(' ', urColumn)-1 )
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aneesh how do you do this in access
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All you need to do is find the index (location) of the first space and if it does exist, then do a LEFT on that length:

SELECT
      LEFT(billcode, CASE WHEN CHARINDEX(' ', billcode) = 0 THEN LEN(billcode) ELSE CHARINDEX(' ', billcode) END) AS billcode
FROM
      TableName
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how to do the same thing in access
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