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Chapter 27. Database Basics > Forcing a Particular Format for a Field

Forcing a Particular Format for a Field

It’s often important that the information in a particular field of a database be formatted to display a certain way. For example, a phone number should usually be entered in the form (nnn) nnn-nnnn. Or perhaps you want a Yes/No field to be formatted as True/False or On/Off. You might want a date to display as 23-Sep-03 rather than 9/23/03.

The following sections focus on two ways to control data format: by using the Format property and input masks.


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