MS Access/SQL Server 2008 R2- nvarchar(max) to nvarchar(50)

Hi Experts,

I have a table that has max (Memo)

so when I try to link to that column I get an error:
Cannot join on Memo, OLE, or Hyperlink Object

Looks like I need to basically copy this table and change the max to around 50

So just taking the columns I need like:
  FROM [SIOP_siophal].[dbo].[vwConsultants]

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And doing a InTo
InTo  [SIOP_siophal].[dbo].[cnv_vwConsultants]
  FROM [SIOP_siophal].[dbo].[vwConsultants]

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But I will need help with converting it from max to 50
Something like:
Left (CountryOfService), 50

I would like to do this in TSQL

Please help and thanks....
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
What platform are you on? It sounds like a mix of Access and SQL, but it's hard to say.

Is CountryOfService a Text field on the server? Given the name, I'd seriously doubt it (but could be wrong).
Amour22015Author Commented:

I can do this on SQL then bring it into Access, so the converting would be done in SQL (TSQL)

When I open the Columns it shows:
varchar(max) on the column.

I need to create another table taking the Left of that column and making it a smaller column
and as you can see it is a country name.   Don't know why the creator made this a Max column.

Please help and thanks....
Amour22015Author Commented:
So I am looking to do this:
Changing a data column from nvarchar(max) to nvarchar(50) in SQL Server 2008

There most be a simple way of doing this?

I have already created the other table with just the columns I need.  Maybe ALTER but would have to do a Left on the column?

Please help and thanks....
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Amour22015Author Commented:
Looks like all I had to do is this:
ALTER TABLE [SIOP_siophal].[dbo].[cnv_vwConsultants] ALTER COLUMN [CountryOfService] nvarchar(50)

This seems to work...


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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Sounds good! Be sure to accept your own comment as the solution.
Amour22015Author Commented:
So how do I do that?  Plus I don't want any points, but this maybe helpful to others.
Amour22015Author Commented:
Found solution
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