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Hello,
I use below script to export data, (and save to csv through an exporter program,
the Reference field has commas in it,
when I export , the fields with commas become separated, , I need to keep the field together.  
Example  Reference :  100sd675,PMExvtyr

      SELECT
          CONVERT(varchar,InvoiceNumber) AS [InvoiceNumber],
            CONVERT(Varchar,Reference) as [Reference]
      FROM FinalizedOrders
      WHERE  ....
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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 40451147
easiest option is to make a different character instead of a comma for separating the fields say !

     SELECT
           CONVERT(varchar,InvoiceNumber) AS [InvoiceNumber],
            '!'+ CONVERT(Varchar,Reference) as [Reference]
       FROM FinalizedOrders
       WHERE  ....
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by:W.E.B
ID: 40451152
I can't,
this is a client entry.

I found my own solution though,
'"' + Cast(Reference as varchar(100)) + '"' AS [Reference] ,

thanks
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Jim Horn earned 1500 total points
ID: 40451156
I'm afraid the above is correct:  If you have a comma-separated text file, then the values in it cannot have commas in it, as it will cause the ETL process that consumes that file to interpret the row as having more columns than is currently mapped, and fail.

Your choices:
Change the delimeter to something else, such as pipe (|) delimited file, as pipes are hardly every used in values, except for columns that contain email text where some people's signature blocks have pipes in them, such as Dave Swift  | Super Dude | Green Co.
Use the REPLACE function to either remove the commas, or replace them with some other value...
SELECT
   REPLACE(CONVERT(varchar,InvoiceNumber), ',', '') AS [InvoiceNumber],
   REPLACE(CONVERT(Varchar,Reference), ',', '')  as [Reference]
FROM FinalizedOrders
WHERE  ....

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by:W.E.B
ID: 40451236
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Found own sloution
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by:Jim Horn
ID: 40451237
Objection.  Spell out what 'Found own solutions' means here, so we can accept that as the answer, so other people with similar issues can learn from this question.
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by:W.E.B
ID: 40451254
SELECT
          CONVERT(varchar,InvoiceNumber) AS [InvoiceNumber],
'"' + Cast(Reference as varchar(100)) + '"' AS [Reference]
       FROM FinalizedOrders
       WHERE  ....
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by:Neil Russell
ID: 40451265
Objection? Jim he spelled out what his solution was already!  Enclose the string in "     ". Normal for any CSV that has commas in it.
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by:W.E.B
ID: 40451342
So , my own solution (Comment before Jim Comment)
'"' + Cast(Reference as varchar(100)) + '"' AS [Reference]

Is the same as Jim?

Jim says,
Your choices:
    Change the delimeter to something else, such as pipe (|) delimited file, as pipes are hardly every used in values, except for columns that contain email text where some people's signature blocks have pipes in them, such as Dave Swift  | Super Dude | Green Co.

Use the REPLACE function to either remove the commas, or replace them with some other value...

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by:W.E.B
ID: 40451361
I will award the points to Jim, for his effort and time.

Thank you Jim.
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by:Jim Horn
ID: 40451445
We must have cross-posted the last comment, and my objection to the close request.
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