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Hello All,

There are several joined tables and I created a query that joins them and pulls data with new column headers. One column (old name : NumOfP) gets renamed as [# of P] in that query.

When I try to extract that query into excel via right clicking, I see that the result excel file has the column name as [. of P] not [# of P] - why is that....and cant this be fixed so that the extract pulls the column names as desired
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by:Rayne
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thank you
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also if i vba it so that the query results from access, gets dumped directly in a separate excel file - will the above issue still persists?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I don't know the exact answer to your question but you are doing two things that I would never do.  #1. putting symbols/punctuation in column names.  #2. putting spaces in column names.  In other databases like MySQL or Microsoft SQL Server, those would cause you problems.
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'identifier' rules for Microsoft SQL Server http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175874.aspx  and for MySQL http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/identifiers.html  You might be able to use names that are not strictly alphanumeric and/or include spaces if you quote them.  Otherwise you are usually restricted to alphanumeric like [0-9,a-z,A-Z$_] (basic Latin letters, digits 0-9, dollar, underscore) .
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Hello Dave,

I think you misunderstood. I am following all the proper naming conventions (no spaces, no # etc)  for column names within the actual table. So that's not an issue.


When my query pulls in the data, one of the fields from a table needs to have [# of P] as the extract column....do you get it?
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by:Rayne
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its for readibility for the end users
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But it's still a column name in your output results so it is an issue.  I don't think you can do that while you are still in Access (or any other database).  If you can extract the data with VBA, you can have VBA name the display whatever you want.
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by:Rayne
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Hmm, good call - totally forgot :(
Thank you Sire for your kindness
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You're welcome, glad to help.
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