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Access - Create unique ID combining letters and numbers

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by paul_carron, Dec 30, 2012.

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  1. paul_carron

    paul_carron Thread Starter

    Oct 15, 2006

    Help! I have to show a group of school kids how to do this but I haven't used Access in years so don't know how to do it myself :s

    For an Access project I need to be able to generate a unique student ID, which combines letters from the students name with a sequential number that is always one more than the highest currently in use. I have a forename field so I plan on using the first two letters of the forename plus a unique number. Is it possible to auto ID this?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. GelflingLady


    Jan 1, 2013
    Off the top of my head I can't think of one. My suggestion would be to create a field that concatenates the first two letters from the forename field with an autonumber field. The autonumber field will give you your sequential numbers and the concatenate field will give your unique identifiers.
  3. OBP


    Mar 8, 2005
    GelflingLady's advice is good.
    However it depends on whether you need to store the value or just display it.
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