Format text box with PO BOX

Posted on 2008-10-16
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Sorry, I'm a newbie and not a programmer, just a great hacker. I am working on an address field in access 2003. The issue is this field is mixxed with street addresses and post office boxes. We want to standardize formatting of "PO BOX" in this field if possible. It is a practice if a PO BOX is used it is always first not the street adress. So, can "PO BOX" be a mask? Additionaly this field is currently set in AfterUpdate to StrConv(string, vbProperCase)
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Expert Comment

ID: 22736224
Is there an actual format for PO Box?
For example, are they always just "PO Box 123", like I think?
In which case, why not just store the number part?

If teh text part is always the same, you can set it to an inputmask on the text box.
Is that what you need?

Author Comment

ID: 22752836
The format wold be for "PO BOX" to be in uppercase I actually had the colum set wit StrCase("string",vbUppercasae) but we have letters that pull from the data base and it became an issue for some of the managemnt how it looked So then i used StrCase("string", vbPropercase) but that made it this way; "Po Box" not bad but you see what I am chasing?
Thank you for any help yo may have!
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Expert Comment

ID: 22752900
Have an input mask on the control field like this:


Then have code on teh after_update of the text vox:

me.textboxname.value = UCase(me.textboxname.value)

try that
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Author Comment

ID: 22759188
OK, My limited knowledge has hung me. I easily added the input mask field as suggested, however, I am having a problem witht the additional code.  beside after update field I am choosing code builder, then Macro builder but that's where im stuck I am just doing trial and error to test.  I will follow up after I get this.

Author Comment

ID: 22759571
Thank you for your help, I think i may have steered you a bit wrong though after looking at the input mask. This field is called Address1 and it contains both a traditional address; 123 Main Street or PO BOX 1234. It is our company policy that if the address has a PO# it will always be first in the address field, and typically, we then will use Address2  field for the traditional address; 123 Main Street.
Thank you!
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Accepted Solution

dannywareham earned 2000 total points
ID: 22759743
Oh, right.
So you need code that says "if it starts with PO Box, change to capitals, otherwise leave it as its an address"?

Something like:
If left(me.txtBoxName,5) = "PO Box" Then
  StrConv(me.txtBoxname, vbUppercase) 
  StrConv(me.txtBoxname, vbProperCase) 
End if

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Author Comment

ID: 22759997
Yes, that's right.  
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Expert Comment

ID: 22760045
Use the code I posted in the After_Update() event.

Author Comment

ID: 22760465
OK I will try that

Author Comment

ID: 22867996
I have been away, I will be back on this project shortley.
Thank you for the support !

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