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Posted on 2014-03-14
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I have created a select query where I calculate the % of pupils working at a certain level in each subject.

I now want to create a crosstab query with the level as a row heading and subject as a column heading and display the % of pupils but although it is formatted as % in the select query and displays correctly in does not display this way in the crosstab query

Level      Art      Drama
      0.809836065573771      0.809836065573771
2      0.101639344262295      9.50819672131148E-02
3      8.85245901639344E-02      9.50819672131148E-02

Even though I got to properties and select format > percentage it does not seem to work.

Tricia
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by:Dale Fye
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Are you perhaps using the NZ( ) function anywhere in the query(s) that generate this?

When used in a query, the NZ( ) function will return a string, and when you try to format the string as %, in the query designer, it will not work.  If you use NZ( ), try wrapping it in a type conversion functions, something like cdbl(NZ([field name]))  and see if that works.
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I am not using NZ anywhere in the query and adding cdbl does not appear to do anything.

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can you provide the SQL for the queries (multiple SQL Statements if nested) that generate these values.

What does the data look like before you do the crosstab?  Is it normalized like:

Level   Course    Pct
1          Art           0.809836065573771
1          Drama     0.809836065573771
2          Art           0.101639344262295
2          Drama    9.50819672131148E-02
3          Art           8.85245901639344E-02
3          Drama    9.50819672131148E-02

I normally prefer to use the query design grids formatting properties Query column formmatingbut on occasion will actually use the Format( ) function to force query output into a format that I'm not able to get with the query format parameter.  You might try using a format like:

format([Pct], "#0.0000%") in the query that creates the cross-tab
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by:tmckeating
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I was using the formatting properties as you showed above but that did not work ...the format() function worked superbly. Thanks again for your help.
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by:Dale Fye
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Glad I could help.

You just need to make sure your understand that the Format( ) function returns a string, not a number, whereas using the Format property of the query affects the way the data is displayed, but will retain it's actual value.
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