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Microsoft KB Archive/106290

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Article ID: 106290

Article Last Modified on 1/18/2007


  • Microsoft Access 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

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Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.


If you use the Format() function on the result of a Month() function, Microsoft Access returns an incorrect result.


The Month() function converts a date to an integer. The Format() function is expecting a date serial number as an argument, but instead receives an integer.


This behavior is by design.


The following sample function returns January instead of April:

   =Format$(Month(#4/30/93#), "mmmm")

To return just the name of the month, use the Format() function without the Month() function. For example, the following expression returns April:


If the Month() function is required, use the Choose() function to return the name of the month. The following example demonstrates how to use the Choose() function:

NOTE: In the following example, an underscore (_) is used as a line- continuation character. Remove the underscore from the end of the line when re-creating the example.

   =Choose(Month([datefield]),"January","February","March","April", _

       "May","June","July","August","September","October","November", _


For information about syntax and usage of the Choose function, search the Help Index for "Choose function."

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