Selecting only 50 characters from a Text datatype- SQL SERVER 2005

I need to select only 50 characters from a text field which is defined as Text datatype.. Please help in extracting..
senthilganeshAsked:
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pdd1lanCommented:
there are left and right functions that you can use if you cut from the left or from the right of string

left(yourfield,50)
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AmickCommented:
Substring (Explained at
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa259342(v=SQL.80).aspx) will let you take your 50 characters from anywhere within the string.
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SharathData EngineerCommented:
You need to convert the Text datatype to varchar first and then aperform LEFT or SUBSTRING functions.
LEFT(convert(varchar(500),text_col),50)

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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
SUBSTRING(), unlike LEFT() and RIGHT(), supports the deprecated text data type.
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SharathData EngineerCommented:
You are right acperkins
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