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Query for stripping first 5 characters

Posted on 2008-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I need to run a query on a database table (let's call it TABLE1) to KEEP the LAST 4 characters for all values in the SSN field. How do I do this? Thanks.

Database: SQL Server 2000
Question by:isaacr25
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Expert Comment

ID: 22850733
select last4 = right(ssn, 4)
from table1

Author Comment

ID: 22850748
This is a select query. Will this actually remove the preceding characters, leaving 4 characters?
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chapmandew earned 500 total points
ID: 22850804
whoops...didn't realize that you wanted to actually update the values...

update t1
set ssnfield = right(ssnfield, 4)
from table1

Expert Comment

ID: 22850923
a typo from chapmandew's post

update t1
set ssnfield = right(ssnfield, 4)
from table1 t1


update table1
set ssnfield = right(ssnfield, 4)
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Expert Comment

ID: 22850935
yep, good catch...forgot my alias.

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