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Access - Truncating a Field

Posted on 2009-04-03
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In the following example:

366540 - Doe, John

I would like to separate this on field into three fields:

1. ID (366540)
2. Last Name (Doe)
3. First Name (John)

The Dash always separates the ID from the last and first names, and the comma always separates last name from first name

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Question by:tahirih
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by:TextReport
ID: 24064550
The code below will do it for you
Cheers, Andrew
SELECT Table4.Field1
     , Trim(Left([Field1],InStr([Field1],"-")-1)) AS F1
     , Trim(Mid([Field1],InStr([Field1],"-")+1,Len([Field1])-Len([F1])-Len([F3])-2)) AS F2
     , Trim(Right([Field1],Len([Field1])-InStrRev([Field1],","))) AS F3
FROM Table4;

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by:tahirih
ID: 24064643
This worked wonderfully. I do want to SELECT all fields, and insert into a new Table C:

I was not able to get the following to work:

SELECT * FROM A INTO C
     , Trim(Left([Provider],InStr([Provider],"-")-1)) AS F1
     , Trim(Mid([Provider],InStr([Provider],"-")+1,Len([Provider])-Len([F1])-Len([F3])-2)) AS F2
     , Trim(Right([Provider],Len([Provider])-InStrRev([Provider],","))) AS F3;

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by:tahirih
ID: 24064665
Also, the comma remains in F2, the Last Name field. Can we please recode to remove this?

Thank you.
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by:TextReport
ID: 24064836
Slight increase in the number to take off the extra characters in F2, had to changeteh -2 to -4 to compensate for the spaces that dont go into F1 and F3
Cheers, Andrew


SELECT Table4.Field1
     , Trim(Left([Field1],InStr([Field1]," - ")-1)) AS F1
     , Trim(Mid([Field1],InStr([Field1],"-")+1,Len([Field1])-Len([F1])-Len([F3])-4)) AS F2
     , Trim(Right([Field1],Len([Field1])-InStrRev([Field1],", "))) AS F3
FROM Table4

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by:tahirih
ID: 24064847
I would also like to create a new table C based on this SQL query. This offers a Query view, not a new table.

Thank you
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TextReport earned 500 total points
ID: 24064922
OK
SELECT Table4.Field1
     , Trim(Left([Field1],InStr([Field1]," - ")-1)) AS F1
     , Trim(Mid([Field1],InStr([Field1],"-")+1,Len([Field1])-Len([F1])-Len([F3])-4)) AS F2
     , Trim(Right([Field1],Len([Field1])-InStrRev([Field1],", "))) AS F3
INTO [Table C]
FROM Table4

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by:tahirih
ID: 24064935
I was placing the INTO in the improper location. Thanks
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by:TextReport
ID: 24064943
No problem and best wishes, Andrew
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