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split field name into two

I have table, ex Servicenumber, Serviceplace and ContactPerson.
I want to split Contactperson into Firstname and LastName. They are seperated by space in ContactPerson field.

can somebody help me?
Nov 27 '06 #1
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I'm sure one of the guru's in here can help you do this with MS Access, however one solution would be to export or cut and paste that field's data into a text file then import it into excel as a space deliminated file.

That means it will interpret any spaces as a tab and break up the first and last names into seperate colums. Then you could import that back into your database (or cut and paste it back).

Nov 27 '06 #2
3,080 Expert 2GB
You can add the two needed fields to the table and use a query like:

update tblNames set FirstName = left(fullname,instr(fullname," ")-1), LastName = Mid(fullname,instr(fullname," ")+1);

Now the fields will be filled and the fullname field can be removed, but remember that not all names have two parts...

Nov 27 '06 #3
1,418 Expert 1GB
If you want to create a special function....

See how you can use the function split(expression, delimiter)

It isn't for direct use directly from query, coz it returns an array...

But if u create your own function that gets an entry from the array this can be done!
Nov 27 '06 #4
Thank you everyone :)
With help from you all I managed it.

But i cant make any change in the tables yet.(big system).
One time I have to rebuild it all ;P It so fucked up system.
Nov 27 '06 #5
32,173 Expert Mod 16PB
Don't forget to make a back-up copy of your database before making any fundamental changes like this.
Good luck.
Nov 27 '06 #6

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