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How can I retrieve the first letter of data in a field within access?
(using access 2k?) is this a VB thing or is there an obvious solution?
Nov 12 '05 #1
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in a Query use this - Left([yourfieldname],1)

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How can I retrieve the first letter of data in a field within access?
(using access 2k?) is this a VB thing or is there an obvious solution?


Nov 12 '05 #2
George Thompson wrote:
How can I retrieve the first letter of data in a field within access?
(using access 2k?) is this a VB thing or is there an obvious solution?

FirstChar=Left( SomeField,1)

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Nov 12 '05 #3
Another way, as the search criteria, is to let the query perform a paremeter
search...

[Question]*.*

Replace 'Question' with a user prompt, such as "Which letter do you want to
search for?".

The query then searches for this letter and appends it to the wildcard *.*.

E.g. Entering L in surname field will result in all surnames beginning in L
being listed.
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How can I retrieve the first letter of data in a field within access?
(using access 2k?) is this a VB thing or is there an obvious solution?

Nov 12 '05 #4
George Thompson previously wrote:
How can I retrieve the first letter of data in a field within access?
(using access 2k?) is this a VB thing or is there an obvious solution?


Assuming you mean the leftmost character (whether a letter or a number)
then you can use a function
Left(myfieldnam e,1)

Peter Russell
Nov 12 '05 #5

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