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Access 2010:  We have a table with a number field, Field Size: double  The field shows up differently in the linked table.
We have an account table. Field: Account Type: Number Field Size: Double
 Backend table: ex Acct number: 23040160331065
 In the linked table the field above  looks like this: 2.3040160331065E+13
 Why doesn't it look the same?
 Help?  
Thanks,
   Donna
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 2000 total points
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Donna,

  A double is a numeric float value and depending on column width, will be displayed in exponential format.

  You can apply a format for it to display properly in a control.

  However I would advise against using a numeric field type for an account number.  Instead use a text field.

 One reason is leading zero's will be stripped off.

Jim.
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by:abcctech
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Hi Jim,
 Thanks for your quick reply.
 This database has been in use for a long time.  They just started putting in the long account numbers.   I hesitate to change it at this time...
How do I format the form for it to show correctly?  
Do I have to do anything to the linked table?

Thanks again,
   Donna
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Jim,
 I put # in the format of the form and I can now see the correct number.
 The report is now working correctly.

Thanks so much for your help!
   Donna
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