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  • Group by --> first letter of a field/column

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    Hi,
    I have a Friends dbf table (must be dbf) with only one column, name, and the records are:

    George
    Bob
    Anna
    Lewis
    Andrew
    Henry
    Barbara
    Allison
    Peter
    Mary
    Paul


    I want to make a Report so that my friends are grouped according to the first letter of their name. The result should look something like this:
    FRIENDS OF FELIX

    A
    Allison
    Andrew
    Anna


    B
    Barbara
    Bob

    G
    George

    H
    Henry

    L
    Lewis

    M
    Mary

    P
    Paul
    Peter


    I'd be grateful for any concrete guidance on how to acheive this.


    Regards,
    Felix
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    Re: Group by --> first letter of a field/column

    Felix:
    In the report, add a group and break on Expression.
    for the expression, you could use something like:
    Left(your_field_name,1)
    And sort the group ascending.

    This should be a very simple process.

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    • #3
      Re: Group by --> first letter of a field/column

      .
      Hi,
      Yesterday I couldn't solve this as I insisted on one way of thinking. I must have slept better today because I did it on the first try. For those who are interested:

      - Preparation: create a Friends dbf table with the single friendname column. Type the 11 records shown in my previous message
      - In the Control Panel's Reports tab, click New, select the Friends dbf table and choose Start from a blank free-form report
      - In the Report Editor, right-click the narrow band where the word Detail and select Insert Group (the New Group Properties popup appears)
      - In the Group tab, give it a Label of "Firstletter"and click the arrow of Break on change in and select <expression>
      - In the Expression Builder type: left(friendname, 1) . This means: starting from the left, select the first letter of the "friendname" column.
      - Click OK to close the Expression Builder and then OK again to close the New Group Properties popup
      - From the right-hand DragDrop List pane, drag <New Calculated Field> to the Group 'Firstletter' Header area. A popup appears
      - In Name, type Letter. In Expression type left(friendname, 1). Click OK to close the popup
      - Finally, drag the friendname field/column to the Detail area

      Click the Print preview icon in the toolbar to see the result.


      If you want to count the number of friends for each letter, place a new calculated field in the Group 'Firstletter' Header area, name it HowMany and again in the Expression box type left(friendname, 1). But this time, select the radio button Count of the records. Click OK to close the popup and preview.



      Regards,
      Felix
      .

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      • #4
        Re: Group by --&gt; first letter of a field/column

        .
        Gabriel,
        Thank you for the tips.


        Regards,
        Felix
        .

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