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Concatenation
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   3 months ago

Combine Two or More Fields Together


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In this video, I will show you how to put two or more values together in your Microsoft Access database using concatenation. You can join text strings, numbers, currency values, and all kinds of things. I'll show you how to concatenate using a query, and then directly inside a form or report.

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Members will learn how to use Null Propagation to get rid of the comma if there is no first name in a Last, First scenario. We'll also see how to concatenate currency values (and make them look like currency values) as well as numbers with a specific format, such as phone number or SSNs. 

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Adam Schwanz 
3 months ago
Curious because you mentioned format here. Lately I've been thinking of using things like CDate/CCur instead because it's shorter. I *believe* that can actually change the value (cutoff extra decimals if you use it on the number) so you wouldn't want to do it on things used later in multiple calculations if you needed the decimals. But is there anything negative with just using it for things like reports or displayed final values? Like if I was showing a cost on a report with an unbound field, and just CCur(Wages*HoursWorked) instead of formatting?
Richard Rost
3 months ago
Yeah, sure... whatever works for you. Both are fine. CCur actually converts the text value to a currency value BUT it might not always DISPLAY as currency. Depending on the use, you may still just see 1000.25 instead of $1,000.25.
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