Update Query to remove text in field

I have a field in a table that I want to do a mass update and remove an "*" from the text.

Like the field has:

*dog
*cat
*bird

and I want to do an update and remove the asterisk so that the fields are now:
dog
cat
bird

thanks!
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Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAsked:
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
The below code is a demo of how to remove all *'s.  Copy-paste it into your SSMS, execute it to verify it works, then modify to meet your needs.

Also let me know if you only want to remove the * if it is the left-most characteer.

CREATE TABLE #tmp (value varchar(10))

INSERT INTO #tmp (value) VALUES ('*dog'), ('*cat'), ('*bird')

UPDATE #tmp
SET value = REPLACE(value, '*', '')

SELECT * FROM #tmp  

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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Just in case, here's the code for only the left-most character..
CREATE TABLE #tmp (value varchar(10))

INSERT INTO #tmp (value) VALUES ('*dog*'), ('*cat'), ('*bird*')

UPDATE #tmp
SET value = RIGHT(value, LEN(value) - 1)
WHERE LEFT(value, 1) = '*'

SELECT * FROM #tmp

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Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAuthor Commented:
perfect! thanks!
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Thanks for the grade.  Good luck with your project.  -Jim
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