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how to format phone number in sql server

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My database has phone numbers, some that are already formatted correctly and some that are null.

I need a command that I can run on the server to updated these numbers so they are all in this format  xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Not sure how to weed out the ones already in that format and the nulls. And also verify there are 10 digits before applying format.

I'm using sql server 2005

Thanks.
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by:wdosanjos
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Are the values to be formatted all numbers already?  Or they come in a variety of different formats (for example, (xxx) xxx-xxxx)?
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by:rutledgj
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All are numbers but some already have the dashes there. These don't need to be changed.
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by:rutledgj
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Some entries are null
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wdosanjos earned 500 total points
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Please try:
update TheTable
set phone = substring(phone,1,3) + '-' + substring(phone,4,3) + '-' + substring(phone,8,4)
where phone not like '___-___-____' and len(phone) = 10

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