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MS Access: MonthName Function

This MSAccess tutorial explains how to use the Access MonthName function with syntax and examples.

Description

The Microsoft Access MonthName function returns a string representing the month given a number from 1 to 12.

Syntax

The syntax for the MonthName function in MS Access is:

MonthName ( number, [abbreviate] )

Parameters or Arguments

number
A value from 1 to 12, representing the month.
abbreviate
Optional. This parameter accepts a boolean value, either TRUE or FALSE. If this parameter is set to TRUE, it means that the month name is abbreviated. If this parameter is set to FALSE, the month name is not abbreviated.

Applies To

The MonthName function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Access:

  • Access 2013, Access 2010, Access 2007, Access 2003, Access XP, Access 2000

Example

Let's look at how to use the MonthName function in MS Access:

MonthName (3)
Result: 'March'

MonthName (3, TRUE)
Result: 'Mar'

MonthName (7, FALSE)
Result: 'July'

Example in VBA Code

The MonthName function can be used in VBA code in Microsoft Access.

For example:

Dim LValue As String

LValue = MonthName (3, TRUE)

In this example, the variable called LValue would now contain the value of 'Mar'.

Example in SQL/Queries

You can also use the MonthName function in a query in Microsoft Access.

For example:

Microsoft Access

In this query, we have used the MonthName function as follows:

Expr1: MonthName(7,False)

This query will return the full month name for the value 7 and display the results in a column called Expr1. You can replace Expr1 with a column name that is more meaningful.

For example:

MonthValue: MonthName(7,False)

The results would now be displayed in a column called MonthValue.

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