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Access 2010 Auto Number and Visual Basic TextBox

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Hi,

I'm having an odd problem with an access database and vb6 text box. The problem is in Visual Basic the auto number field taken from the access database displays itself as a single digit. However, on the MS Access database its shown as INV-0001 and so on. For some reason in Visual Basic is doesn't display the full story.
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Dale Fye (Access MVP) earned 250 total points
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Well, an "autonumber" field cannot display text, so my guess is that in the Access database the form you are viewing the data in has an control source that looks something like:

="INV-" & Format([ID], "0000")
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by:Everymancomputers
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In Access I already have a format in the auto numbering field going "INV-"0000 that part is alright. This displays on the access table and incremental increase of INV-0001 and INV-0002 and so on. The problem being is this doesn't display like this in the text box I've linked within Visual Basic.

In Visual Basic the field displays as 1 or 2 but doesn't contain the whole format like INV-0001 and INV-0002 and so on.
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<no points please, fyed has given you the correct answer>

Formats have nothing to do with the way data is stored in your table. They are for visual use only, and in fact you should not set Formats at table level (since users should never view your tables, they do nothing more that obscure the way data is actually stored in the table).

Your VB6 connection is pulling the DATA from that field - not the format. As fyed said, format it when you get it over to the form.
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I'm sorry, I still don't understand. Where does the code ="INV-" & Format([ID], "0000") go ? Is this going in the database or the Visual Basic form ?
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 250 total points
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In the VB form, where you load that textbox. How are you loading the textbox in VB?
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