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Microsoft Access Tips, Issue #005 (June 10 2013) - Replace Funciton in a Query
June 09, 2013



Welcome to the fifth edition for 2013. I have added the tip title in the subject, so hopefully you can find relevant tips more easily, thus I will only be doing one tip per Newsletter.

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In this issue you will find a short but a good tip about using the Replace function.

Microsoft Access Tips

Tip One: Usint the Replace funcition in a query

Question I have this table in my database. Within it looks some thing this:














I need to remove the "CELL:" on the rows that contain the word " CELL: "

So for I have created this:

Mid([Unit Id],6,20)

Now it works, but it's also removed the Numbers. on the fist five places.


The reason the Mid function does not work, is that it does not take into account the content of the first 5 characters, so it removes them all, whether it is is 'Cell' or not

In this instance it would be better to use the 'Replace' function.

To do this you will need to use an update query. First make a copy of the table, in case there is a muck up :0)

In the update query, choose the field you wish to update, then in the update to row type the following:

Replace (Nameoffield,"CELL:", "")

Change NameofField to the field name that contains the above information.

What this does: It replaces the work 'CELL:" with an empty string "", thus removing it from the table.

Hope this tip is of benefit.

That is all for this newsletter. Talk to you all soon.



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