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Posted on 2011-09-22
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A have a few text fields on my form where the data exceeds the width of the field.  This is fine.  

When I click in to the cell, I can see the value.  This is also fine.

However, in some instances, the entire value is initially displayed, but when I tab/click into the field and tab out, pound signs are displayed.

Any ideas why this is happening, and why it does not occur on each PC that I test it with?
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Question by:cogc_it
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by:Patrick Matthews
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cogc_it,

Sounds like your control is not wide enough to display the formatted value.  Try making it wider.

Patrick
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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<No Points wanted>

Some background...
The pound signs will appear when "numeric" values cannot be displayed fully.
They won't show up on text fields, a text filed will typically truncate the text.

Why?

If you where allowed to "View" a truncated number (ex.:1,234,567.89) you might only see 4,567.89
This would also be confusing if you have numbers that are being totaled in a column
(Some numbers truncated and others would not be)

Finally, when viewed as a real Hardcopy Paper printout this would produce a visually confusing output.

;-)

Jeff
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by:cogc_it
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All of this information is really useful, but did not answer the original question.
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by:cogc_it
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for cogc_it's comment #37610366

for the following reason:

Information provided did not explain the specific behavior described in the original question.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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matthewspatrick's post would seem to be the answer...

In 4 months the OP never replied to the post to say if they tried it, and what the result was...
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by:cogc_it
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Here is the specific question I asked that was not addressed:

1) Why is the full value displayed initially, put reverts to pounds when the user places the cursor in the field and tabs out?

2) This behavior does not occur on each PC that it is tested on.  Why?
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Jeffrey Coachman earned 500 total points
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AFAIK, Pound symbols will only appear in Numeric fields
(The Pound symbol is synonymous with the word "number", as in:  "#1" )

In some cases the Format property and the Input mask property can cause issue like this.

Not sure why the problem appears on some PCs and not others...

Can you post a simple sample of the DB that exhibits this issue?

Have you tried the compact/repair utility?
Have you tried copying all the objects to a new db?
All Service packs installed for Office And Windows?

Is this only in this one form, in this one database...?
In a crunch, you can try re-creating the form with just the affected fields and see what happens...

;-)

Jeff
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by:cogc_it
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Jeff,

Thank you for the feedback.  You have provided direction to begin troubleshooting to narrow down the answer.  These are all variables that will take time to research/test.  I am going to close the question identifying your answer as the solution.  I will update it later with more information.
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...ok
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