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padding in word

by klobes01 / December 6, 2006 11:03 PM PST

I have to enter a bunch of alphanumeric characters into a query in Oracle SQL. This is not a SQL question, but I need to take these alphanumeric characters(everyone 15 digits) and pad the front with ,' and the end with ' soo... a comma and a single quote at the front and a single quote at the end.

I have them currently in an excel spreadsheet in one column.

I tried creating two columns in front and one at the end and then pasting to a word doc/txt file, but I get spaces and the query I need to enter these into does not like the spaces.

I need to select all from one column, pad the front and back, and then paste them into another file without any spaces.

I am stressed over this one, so any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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How I should do this.
by Kees Bakker / December 6, 2006 11:19 PM PST
In reply to: padding in word

- In Excel make a new column with a simple function (using string concatination with the &-operator) to add the comma's and quotes.
- Copy/paste to Word. Gives a table.
- Convert table to text. Gives each constant on a separate line.
- Use edit>replace>more>special (that's Word XP) to delete the paragraph marks (it helps I've set Word to show them).

It would only take a minute or two, without any stress.

It seems you already succeeded in the first 3 steps on your own. Now all you've got to do is delete spaces and paragraph marks as outlined above. What's the problem here?


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another question
by klobes01 / December 6, 2006 11:35 PM PST
In reply to: How I should do this.

thanks for the help, yes I actually created 2 columns in front, and one in back and then pasted to word and removed tabs to get the result, but I am having a problem with the last line of your post which states to replace the paragraph marks and spaces.

What do I replace them with to delete them completely?

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Delete=replace with nothing.
by Kees Bakker / December 7, 2006 12:15 AM PST
In reply to: another question

Nothing = Just an empty box (containing the new text). Tab to it, press delete-key a few times to be sure, and go for it.

Couldn't be easier.


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