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Extract an alphanumeric  string from a long text field in a MS Access query

Posted on 2016-07-17
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Hello

Can someone please help me? I have a long text field which contains an alphanumeric reference which I'm trying to extract in my query and can't seem to get it right.

The string can appear anywhere within the field and begins with "Ref:MSG" and is followed by 8 numbers. These 8 numbers change for each record and there's usually characters or spaces either side of the string.

A couple of string examples are...
action the below request:^Note:  Ref:MSG24621668>^
CUSTOMER^COMMUNICATIONS RE: Ref:MSG61781623non-applicable

The result I am looking for would be...
Ref:MSG24621668
Ref:MSG61781623

If someone could help me with this it would be very much appreciated.

Thanks
darls15
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If length of expected result is always 15 symbols, you can use this construction in your query:
Mid([YourField],InStr(1,[YourField],"Ref:MSG"),15)
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Awesome, thank you so much!
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