Access Query - convert Short Text to Number format

MS Access 2013.

Data format is Short text and it stores SSN's and TIN's with dashes. Length of string varies between 10 (TIN) and 11 (SSN).

I'd like to have a formula for a new field that strips out the dashes and any leading zeroes and also converts to Number format. Thanks.
K_DeutschAsked:
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Eric ShermanAccountant/DeveloperCommented:
Try this for starters ....

Expr1: Val(Replace([YourTextFieldName],"-",""))


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PatHartmanCommented:
TIN and SSN are not numeric values.  They are codes and should always be stored as text, preferably without any dashes.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
<No Pints wanted>
Pat is correct.

Store these values as Text.
(A very rough rule is that you store values as numbers only if you are doing mathematical calculations with these values, ... )

This is also a rare case whee I recommend using an Input Mask.
There is a wizard that will walk you through the process.
(Select the option to NOT store the dashes)

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K_DeutschAuthor Commented:
This does exactly what I needed, thanks.

Eventually I need to join the results to another table that is storing the SSN's as numbers, so I don't have a choice.
Eric ShermanAccountant/DeveloperCommented:
Glad I could help ... Thanks for the points.

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Evert JorDVM/ResearcherCommented:
If you are storing numbers then use a number field - not text. Text fields will hamper any database driven search.
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