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Insert “Space”,”new line”,”tab” characters into a field as value

There are times when you need to insert some special characters such as “newline”,”tab” etc as values into a field. Usually every one tries with ‘\n’ or ‘\t’, in vain. we can do this by using the ASCII value of the character. The steps are very simple. if you want to insert a special character find the ASCII value of that character like ‘ 9 for tab’, ‘ 12 for new line’ etc. you can find the lists of characters with its ASCII values at https://awesomesql.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/ascii-character-set-table. Once this is done, concatenate your string with the character of that particular ASCII value as

‘my string and’+ char(12)+’someting’

this will be

my string and


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  1. Magda
    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

    the idea of checking ASCII code was very useful. thanks! :)

  2. July 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I knew how to do this, but the ability to use the cheatsheet at the bottom instead of an ascii chart lead to ultimate laziness.

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  7. February 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Some of the examples in the last box using the octal value instead of the decimal one.
    LF = Line Feed = Char(10)
    CR = Carriage Return = Char(13)
    VT = Vertical Tab = Char(11)

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