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Good Afternoon!

I am working on a form in Access for my employees to use to create weekly task reports.

There is a field for "Tasks."  Once this is filled out, the user clicks on a button and the task is added to two tables and I am able to create a report.

I am running into the problem that the user receives an error message if an apostrophe is used. I have seen code that allows a particular string to have an apostrophe, but I don't know what to do if the apostrophe could be entered at any time in different descriptions of the tasks.

How do I fix this?

Thank you!
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Question by:Megin
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
ID: 37817410
two ways you can treat this problem, assuming string is varString

1. use chr(34) as wrapper of the string

     chr(34) & varString & chr(34)

2. use the replace function    > replace 1 ' single quote with 2 '  single quotes
    '" & replace(varString,"'", "''") & "'  
     '" & replace(varString,chr(39),chr(39) & chr(39)) & "'
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ID: 37817412
Surround with double quote = Chr(34)

Chr(34) & YourStringWithApostrophe & Chr(34)

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by:Megin
ID: 37817617
I am so sorry, but I am new to this. Where do I put this code?
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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where are you using the string with apostrophes'?

give more detailed explnation
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by:Megin
ID: 37817687
The field is "ActName."

The code is below.




Private Sub btnAdd_Click()
DoCmd.SetWarnings False

Dim strSQL As String
Dim db As Database
Dim rst As DAO.Recordset
Dim LngItem As Long

Set db = CurrentDb()




Dim rowc As Integer


With Me.LstNewAct
  For rowc = 0 To .ListCount - 1
    strSQL = "SELECT * FROM tbl_Activities WHERE actName='" & .Column(0, rowc) & "'"
    
    Set rst = db.OpenRecordset(strSQL)
    If (rst.BOF And rst.EOF) Then ' There are no records if Beginning-Of-File and End-Of-File are both true.
      DoCmd.RunSQL "INSERT INTO tbl_Activities (actName) VALUES ('" & .Column(0, rowc) & "')"
      rst.Close
    End If
    strSQL = "SELECT actID FROM tbl_Activities WHERE actName='" & .Column(0, rowc) & "'"
    Set rst = db.OpenRecordset(strSQL)
    DoCmd.RunSQL "INSERT INTO tbl_ActCmb1 (toID, stoID, actID, actDate, actType) VALUES (cmbTO, cmbsto, '" & rst.Fields(0).Value & "', WkDate, actType1)"
  Next rowc
End With



With Me.LstAct
  For Each varItem In .ItemsSelected
    LngItem = .Column(0, varItem)
    strSQL = "INSERT INTO tbl_ActCmb1 (toID, stoID, actID, actDate, actType) VALUES (cmbTO, cmbsto, " & LngItem & ", WkDate, actType1)"
    DoCmd.RunSQL strSQL, dbFailOnError
    
  Next varItem
  
End With
DoCmd.SetWarnings True

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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
ID: 37817694
try this format

strSQL = "SELECT * FROM tbl_Activities WHERE actName=" & chr(34) &  .Column(0, rowc) & chr(34)
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ID: 37817698
Private Sub btnAdd_Click()
DoCmd.SetWarnings False

Dim strSQL As String
Dim db As Database
Dim rst As DAO.Recordset
Dim LngItem As Long

Set db = CurrentDb()




Dim rowc As Integer


With Me.LstNewAct
  For rowc = 0 To .ListCount - 1
    strSQL = "SELECT * FROM tbl_Activities WHERE actName=" & chr(34) &  .Column(0, rowc) & chr(34)
    
    Set rst = db.OpenRecordset(strSQL)
    If (rst.BOF And rst.EOF) Then ' There are no records if Beginning-Of-File and End-Of-File are both true.
      DoCmd.RunSQL "INSERT INTO tbl_Activities (actName) VALUES (" & chr(34) & .Column(0, rowc) & chr(34) & ")"
      rst.Close
    End If
    strSQL = "SELECT actID FROM tbl_Activities WHERE actName=" & chr(34) &  .Column(0, rowc) & chr(34) & "
    Set rst = db.OpenRecordset(strSQL)
    DoCmd.RunSQL "INSERT INTO tbl_ActCmb1 (toID, stoID, actID, actDate, actType) VALUES (cmbTO, cmbsto, '" & rst.Fields(0).Value & "', WkDate, actType1)"
  Next rowc
End With



With Me.LstAct
  For Each varItem In .ItemsSelected
    LngItem = .Column(0, varItem)
    strSQL = "INSERT INTO tbl_ActCmb1 (toID, stoID, actID, actDate, actType) VALUES (cmbTO, cmbsto, " & LngItem & ", WkDate, actType1)"
    DoCmd.RunSQL strSQL, dbFailOnError
    
  Next varItem
  
End With
DoCmd.SetWarnings True
                                            

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by:Megin
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Thank you! That worked like a charm!
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