Here's what I'm trying to do. I've got a field that contains data that looks like this: "188.8.131.52" and I want to count the number of periods in the field. I'd like to do this in an Access query since I'll want the number of periods in the field for each record. If you don't know how to do it in VBA, perhaps you know a trick to do it with VBScript and I'll put it in the ASP code? Thanks a million for any advice.