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How to hide the initial characters in an Access ListBox? I

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How to hide the initial characters in an Access ListBox?

I have an Access 2007 application.

In it, I have a number of personnel and training reports.

The personnel reports are named like this: (p) All Personnel; and the training reports are named like this: (t) All Training for All Members.

I have put this "(p) " prefix on all the personnel reports and this (t) " prefix for all the training reports.

I did this so I could distinguist each type of report so it could be selected to be displayed in it's own listbox.

I use this query, in the Row Source of the listbox, to only select the personnel reports.

SELECT [MsysObjects].[Name], [MsysObjects].[Name] FROM MsysObjects WHERE ((([MsysObjects].[Name]) Not Like "~*" And ([MsysObjects].[Name]) Not Like "MSys*") And (([MsysObjects].[Name]) Like "(p)*") And (([MsysObjects].[Type])=-32764)) ORDER BY [MsysObjects].[Name];

This query successfully selects all the personnel reports and displays them in the listbox.

My Problem

Now, when the personnel report is listed in the listbox, the report is displayed exactly as I named it, including the identifying prefix "(p) ", that I used to aid the selection process.

Obviously, I don't want the users to see the report listed with the prefix. I want to only display the report name without the prefix.

So, how do I not display the prefix in the listbox but keep it as the actual report name so I can use the prefix in my selection queries?

This is the way the report is displayed in the listbox now... (p) All Personnel.

I would just like it to read... All Personnel

I believe that the answer may involve a text manipulation expression that ignores the first 4 characters of the report name: open parentheses, t or p, closed parenthesis, and one space.

If so, what is the expression and exactly where do I put it in the query.

Or, maybe you have a better solution.

Thanks, John

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Microsoft Office
Expert:  Lindie-mod replied 5 years ago.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I am sorry to trouble you but I have found the answer to my question by myself.

I have sent a request to customer service to find out how I can cancel my question and get a refund. This was my first question to

This was the answer to my question.

SELECT Mid([MsysObjects].[Name],4) as CleanName, [MsysObjects].[Name]
FROM MsysObjects
WHERE ((([MsysObjects].[Name]) Not Like "~*"
And ([MsysObjects].[Name]) Not Like "MSys*")
And (([MsysObjects].[Name]) Like "(p)*")
And (([MsysObjects].[Type])=-32764))
ORDER BY [MsysObjects].[Name];