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# Format Percent

Posted on 2008-06-19
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I put an unbound field on the screen into which the user will enter a percent.  The percentage entered can have up to 3 significant digits.  Simple, right?

I put the text box on the screen and set the Format property to 'Percent'.  Initially I had the decimal places set to 3 and later changed it to 'Auto' but the behavior was the same in each case.

The issue is that I can't enter decimals.  it is quite possible that the percentage entered into this field will be something like 1.125 but when I enter 1.125 it shows as 112.50%.  My users are easily confused and I', sure they won't understand this.

I can set the property to 'Fixed' and decimals to 3.  That way when the user enters 1.125 that is what is displayed.  However, I thought it would be a nice touch and make the fiedl more intuitive if I showed the % sign.

Is there a way to set up a field with format 'Percent' such that when 1.125 is entered it shows as 1.125% (without any code manipulations for example: divide by 1000,  behind the scenes)
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Kelvin Sparks earned 500 total points
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Access 2007 has introduced the feature you seek. In the version you have, its either enter the amount & process & display behind the scenes or leave oout the % display and have it just outside the text box as a label.

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Just keep in mind if you store 1.25% as 1.25 and you have to use it in a formula or calculation to divide it by 100.
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