SQL - Pad blank spaces to beginning of string


I have a column called name in table person.

I would like to pad the front of the string with blank spaces up to 12 characters in length:

'John' becomes '        John'
'Johnson' becomes '     Johnson'

Note that there are only 12 total characters in length.  No name will ever be over 12 characters.

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Brendt HessSenior DBACommented:
SELECT Right(Space(12) + name, 12)
FROM person

will do what you need.

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robthomas09Author Commented:
would that look like

update person
set name = right(space(12) + name, 12)

Rajkumar GsSoftware EngineerCommented:
This query will add space to left side. Total characters will not exceed 12 characters

select space(12 - len(urColumn)) + urColumn
from urTable

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Rajkumar GsSoftware EngineerCommented:
Update query will be

update person set name =  space(12 - len(name)) + name

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