InStr looking for spaces does not give the expected result

I am getting old but somehow the following code does not yield the desired result:

xName = "Steven Murray Thomas"
MsgBox InStr(1,xName," ")

gives zero and not the expected 7. Any help why?
Thank you so much Michael
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
No. It works fine for me - with a direct copy-paste - returns 7.
Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
When any type of string operation fails, two things should come to mind:

1. Your not dealing with spaces.  This usually happens when text is the result of a cut and paste.

2. Your option compare statement in the module.

 Did you type that or cut and paste?

 Also, do you have an Option Explicit at the top of your module (you may have gotten the variable name wrong).


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Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCCommented:
as Jim mentioned these might not be spaces.

create a function which you can pass a value to which then prints out the ascii value associated with each character in the string.
Private Function TextToAscii(varValue as variant) as String

    Dim intLoop
    Dim strAscii as string

    if isnull(varValue) then 
        TextToAscii = "NULL"
        for intLoop = 1 to len(varValue)
            strAscii = ", " & asc(mid(varValue, intLoop, 1))
        TextToAscii = Mid(strAscii, 3)
    end if
end function

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Then you can call this function from the immediate window, something like:

Call TextToAscii(forms!yourFormName.txtName)

or, if you put a break in your code, you could then call it like:

Call TextToAscii(xName)

if you
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Or simply put this statement and see what number it returns. If it doesn't return 32, that means the white space is not the space character.

MsgBox Asc(Mid(xName, 7, 1))

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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Or just delete your old code and copy-paste your own code here at top … that was what I did.
mpimAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much to all of you. It was indeed as Jim said. It as not a space but a ASCI 160 - I now simply replaced it with CHR(32) and it works fine! Thank you.. Cheers Michael
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