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    simple as it may seem

    How do I create a dummy field to get the value of say a social sec # field but i only want to get the last 4 digits, Reason being I want to use mail merge to a word doc and only want the last 4 digits or ***-**-1234 with the * would be best and look most prof. if there is a way to just merge the field i already have "socsec" field i just want to merge ***-**-1234. please help I know someone has the answer, This forum has been the best help provided to getting my companys database off the ground.

    Re: simple as it may seem

    Create a form calculated field. In this example, the field name is SS4.
    SS4 = "***-**-" + right(socsec,4)
    Mike W
    "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"


      Re: simple as it may seem

      The logical presumption was made that the original field was designed to store the ssn in a field of exactly the right width (9 places). Call me quirky but I never refer to a character field without trimming it. That way I'm sure of what I'm getting.

      SS4 = "***-**-" + right(alltrim(socsec),4)
      There can be only one.


        Re: simple as it may seem

        I am not sure if the exact Alpha code, but one way to do so is read the SS# into a variable then trim the last 4 characters and append it to a literal string of ' ***-**- '

        Be very careful that there is no way that the complete SS# could end up on any corrospondence. If a mailing would go out with someones full ss# and it is intercepted by another party. You could be liable for any identy theft that may/may not occur as a direct or indirect result............


        A$ = SS# : 444556666
        b$ = literal : ***-**-
        c$ = output

        output = b$ & Right(trim(A$),4)

        I believe the above is an excel formula, but it should give you the idead


          Re: simple as it may seem

          Thanks guys works great now i got to make a real database field to send the data to for the mail merge, mail merge won't merge calc fields. Good enough got me on the right track.