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I am trying to clean up some imported data that has numerous special characters eg "-","/","\"," ").i would like to replace the  special characters with ","(chr(44)).I need the most efficient way of doing this.Thanks
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by:Dale Fye
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Where is your data coming from?  

What application do you want to do the "cleanup" from (Access or Excel)?

Is this for a single field in the data, or multiple fields?

Could some of these characters ("\") be delimiters for file names or in hyperlinks that should not be removed?
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by:Svgmassive
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the application is ms access,they are not delimiters and the characters can be removed.Thanks
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by:Dale Fye
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one or more fields?

You can create a simple Update query, something like:

UPDATE yourTable
SET yourField = Replace([yourField], "/", chr$(44))

If you need to do this for multiple fields, and multiple characters, you could create an array of the characters and a second array of field names, then create two loops (one for fields, the other for characters) and run this query inside the inner loop.

This will not work if your table is a Linked Excel worksheet, it will only work if the data has been imported into Access.
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by:Martin Liss
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MyData = Replace(MyData, "/",chr(44))

Do the above for each special character.
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If this operation should be done only once, you can open table and use standard find & replace (Find button on ribbon or Ctrl+F). If it should be done many time, use update query with this function:
Function rpl(A As String) As String
Dim Arr As Variant, i As Integer
rpl = A
Arr = Array("-", "/", "\", " ")
For i = 0 To UBound(Arr)
    rpl = Replace(rpl, Arr(i), Chr(44))
Next i
End Function

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