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ACC: Formatted Memo Truncates Data at 255 Characters

Article ID: 103998

Article Last Modified on 1/18/2007


  • Microsoft Access 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

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When you apply formatting, such as a closing or opening angle bracket (> or <), to a field with the Memo data type, the data in the field appears truncated after the 255th character.


When you apply formatting to a Memo field, it is treated as a Text field, which has a 255-character limit. The data is not physically truncated, but only 255 characters are viewable.


This behavior is by design. Microsoft Access 2.0 and 7.0 behave differently in that they only apply your format to Memo fields that are 255 characters or less; the Format property is ignored in Memo fields longer than that.

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