HOWTO: Use ADO to Query a Table with a Space in Its Name

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ADO allows you to query a table based solely on its name. If just a table name is specified, ADO prepends select * from and executes that query. If the table you want to query is an Access table with a space in its name, you need to place square brackets around the table's name.


If you want to query the Order Details table in the Access Northwind (NWind.MDB) database that ships with many products using ADO, you need to use code like the following:
   rsOrderDetails.Open "[Order Details]", cnNWind, adOpenStatic, _
                   adLockReadOnly, adCmdTable
You can also use the back quote if you need to use the table name with spaces. For example:
   select * from `Order Details`.
NOTE: You can only use the back quote in Access. A standard quote will not work.

This information also applies when using the ADO Data Control that ships with Visual Basic 6.0.

SQL Server 7.0 does support columns names with spaces.
       table1 -------- table name
       ff cc  -------- column name
       char(10)-------- column type
In ISQL ( aka query analyzer) you can use select [ff cc] from table1
        insert will occur via
        insert into table1([ff cc]) VALUES('xx')
If you execute the statement
        set quoted_identifier on 
You can use
        select 'ff cc' from table1
You can create a table that have column names with spaces like:
        create table table1([col1 xx] integer)
A standard quote will not work. Back quotes do not currently work with back end as SQL Server 7.0.


Article ID: 189683 - Last Review: February 21, 2014 - Revision: 1.3
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