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Update a field with 3 characters from another field

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I would like to update a field with the first 3 characters from another field
the field to get the first 3 characters from is [Item Reference]
Not sure how this should read in the update query
Gordon
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Question by:GiaHughes
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 2000 total points
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using an update query

update TableName
set [fieldname]=Left([Item Reference],3)

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or with a criteria

update TableName
set [fieldname]=Left([Item Reference],3)
where [fieldname] is null

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by:Norie
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Gordon

Are the 3 characters  to replace the current value in the field?
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by:GiaHughes
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Thanks for the speedy response
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