ACC2000: How to Strip Extra Characters from a String

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This article shows you how to create a custom function to strip extracharacters from a string. This function is useful in a situation where thevalue in a field contains too many spaces between names or has otherformatting problems.

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To create the custom function to strip extra characters from a string,follow these steps:
  1. Create a module and type the following line in the Declarationssection if it is not already there:
    Option Explicit					
  2. Type the following procedure:
     Function StripExtraChars(PassedStr, RemoveExtraChar$)   On Local Error GoTo StripExtraChars_Err   Dim i As Integer, GotChar As Integer   Dim HoldStr As String, HoldChar As String   ' Exit if passed value is Null.   If IsNull(PassedStr) Then Exit Function               ' Trim extra characters from passed string.   PassedStr = Trim$(PassedStr)   ' Cycle through string and remove extra   ' string characters specified in the   ' RemoveExtraChar value.   For i = 1 To Len(PassedStr)      HoldChar = Mid$(PassedStr, i, 1)      If HoldChar = RemoveExtraChar Then         If GotChar = False Then            GotChar = True            HoldStr = HoldStr & HoldChar         End If      Else         GotChar = False      End If      If Not GotChar Then         HoldStr = HoldStr & HoldChar      End If   Next i   StripExtraChars = HoldStrStripExtraChars_End:   Exit FunctionStripExtraChars_Err:   MsgBox Error$   Resume StripExtraChars_EndEnd Function					
  3. To test this function, type the following line in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER:
    ?StripExtraChars("  My    Test    String   ", Chr$(32))						
    Note that the string passed to the StripExtraChars() function returns "My Test String." The RemoveExtraChar$ variable passed into the function uses the Chr$() ASCII code equivalent of a space.
For more information about the Chr() function and character codes, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type Chr in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.

Article ID: 210103 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 18:18:00 - Revision: 3.0

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