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I have a table [tbl_Customer] where I have a column that contains a customer's name [Customer_Name].  It contains first and last names together with some middle initials.  

I'd like to be able to run an update where I can remove the middle initial of certain letters.  

The select statement below, for example, returns a list of customers where I want to remove the middle initial E:

SELECT     Customer_Name
FROM         tbl_Customer WHERE     (Customer_Name LIKE '% E %')

Returns:

Jane E Public
John E Public

When the replace is complete, I would like the name to remove the selected initial and the table would contain the following for the two entries shown above:

Jane Public
John Public

Thanks, in advance, for your help.
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Question by:robbid
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DECLARE @save_updated_values TABLE (
    Customer_Id INT,
    Customer_Name nvarchar(100)
    )

UPDATE tbl_Customer
SET
    Customer_Name = REPLACE(Customer_Name, ' E ', '')
OUTPUT
    INSERTED.Customer_Id, INSERTED.Customer_Name INTO @save_updated_values
WHERE
    Customer_Name LIKE '% E %'

SELECT *
FROM @save_updated_values
ORDER BY
    Customer_Name
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by:robbid
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I was also able to do the same with this code:


UPDATE tbl_Customer
SET Customer_Name = REPLACE(Customer_Name,' W ',' ')
WHERE Customer_Name LIKE '% W %'

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