VBA - working with data videos | Excel VBA Part 58.11 - SQL for Excel Files - Text Expressions

Posted by Andrew Gould on 08 June 2021

Learn how to write expressions to manipulate text in your SQL queries for Excel files. You'll learn how to concatenate text and other values and how to convert the data types of text and numbers using the CStr, CInt and Val functions. You'll see how to use the Replace and Trim functions to clean text values and how to calculate the length of a string with the Len function. You'll also learn how to find a character within a string using the InStr and InStrRev functions and use these in combination with the Left and Mid functions to split a string into multiple parts.

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This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Text Expressions.xlsm Excel workbook with macros The query code
Movies.xlsx Excel workbook The source data

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