Access 2010 Pattern Match

Hi Experts,

I have a field on a form that is Text 7 characters.  The value that must be entered has a pattern of ###.#:1.  e.g. 098.3:1.

The right 2 characters will always be ':1' as this is a ratio.

How do I specify the Pattern Matching (on the form and also using VBA in an Event) to ensure that the left 5 characters are always entered and in the specified format of 3 digits a decimal point and one digit with the right two characters always ':1'.

Bob C.
Bob CollisonSystem ArchitectAsked:
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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
hi Bob,

You can specify an InputMask for the control (you could also put this in the table design for the field -- but that is not necessary if data will be entered and changed using a form).  This one:

specifies 3 numbers then dot then one number then dot then a literal character of "1"
; separates the parts
;0 means that the symbols are stored in the data (the dots and ending "1") -- "0" is the second part of the InputMask
;_ means that underscore will be the place-holder character  -- "_" is the third part of the InputMask

here is a reference link:

TextBox.InputMask Property

have an awesome day,

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Bob CollisonSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Hi Crystal,

Thanks for the information.  It is what I was looking for.

Bob C.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
you're welcome, Bob ~ happy to help
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