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Insert hyphens in text string

Posted on 2008-10-08
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Good afternoon.  I have been doing alot of reading on this, but, I am having problems with the examples I have tried to use.  My dilemma is this..I have a field entitled [Customer ID] in TblAccounts.  There are 12 characters in each field, and I need to insert two hyphens, one after the third character, and one after the characters from the right.  In other words, I need this:
 009000000010
to look like this :009-0000000-10

Thank you for your time,
Nikki
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You could try the format function:

Format([Customer ID],"000-0000000-00")

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select left(customerID, 3) & "-" and mid(customerid, 4,7) & "-" & right(customerid,2) as newCustomerID from tblAccounts
If it is always the two right characters which need a hyphen before them.
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Wonderful, thank you very much!
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I was going to comment that Flyster's solution was more elegant and you ought to ignore my post.
Please consider re-opening for changing score unless there is some reason you cannot make Flyster's solution work.
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jerryb30,

Thanks for the nice comment. I don't think my work has ever been described as "elegant" before. I have no problem with the points assignment. One nice thing about EE...... there's always another post to respond to! Thanks again.
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by:Nikki28838
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Hello.  Flysters did work...I just happened to use the other method first because I was in a hurry.  I apologize and will gladly move the points...if someone could tell me how?  Again, so sorry.
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You can, if desired, post a request in community support (with a link to this question), asking that it be re-opened for scoring.
Two ways of doing the same thing, but if I had seen Flyster's response before I posted miine (we were within seconds of each other), I would not have posted.  No need to apologize.  I just wanted to be fair to Flyster.
 
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