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Get text before space in access

Posted on 2009-04-02
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I have a field formatted like the following:

last.first (last, first mi)

I need to get just the last.first portion (everything before the first space).  

What's best way to do this?

Thanks,
Matt
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Left(Last.First,Len(Last.First," ")-1)

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Left(LastFirst,Instr(1, LastFirst," ")-1)

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Exmaple

Left("joe, jammer",Instr(1, "Joe, Jammer"," ")-1)

returns

joe,

including the comma.

mx
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by:Flyster
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DatabaseMX is correct. I meant to use Instr instead of Len.
Left([Last.First],InStr([Last.First]," ")-1)

If you don't want the comma to show, change the -1 to -2.
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