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Imported data set contains faulty charaters

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    Chethead is offline Novice
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    Imported data set contains faulty charaters


    New here and to Access. I've taken a couple of classes and purchased a couple of books but still fairly lost.

    I'm writing a query that will return quantity of 1" bolts. I have succesfully returned 1/2" and 3/4" bolts (like "*1/2* bolts*) and (like "*3/4* bolts*).

    I have found out that when I imported my data from excel, I probably should have took notice of any special characters, especially " (inches) and # (wire size) as I have a lot of items with these characters.

    That being said, I tried many combinations that are supposed to be only one wildcard in lieu of the ", but I cannot get the query to return only 1" bolts. (like "*1* bolts*) unfortunately returns 1/2, 1, 1 1/4 and 1 1/2.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you,


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    isladogs is offline Very intense programming
    Windows 10 Access 2010 32bit
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    Suggest you run a find and replace on characters like " & # and * as those will cause you issues.
    For example, if " is only used to denote inch then run a query to update it using Replace([Your Field Name],"""", " inch")
    NOTE: the """" will actually look for "

    Once you've done that, your wildcard could be *1 inch* which will exclude items like 1 1/4 inch

    OR you could change everything to mm!
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