Creating A Custom Formatted Id Number

I'm trying to create an auto generating ID number field that contains a date followed by a sequential number for that date. In example...

YearMonthDay###

070719001
070719002
070719003
tomorrows numbering would be
070720001
070720002 and so on.

Each new day would start a new sequence of 001, 002, 003, etc.
I have searched these forums and haven't really found any answers. Could someone direct me in the correct direction. Also I need this number to be saved in the table and not just displayed or printed.



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HI All,

This is my first post (this forum has been very helpful so far).

I am very inexperience with Access - I'm basically teaching myself as I create a simple database for work. It's a customer database (basically contact information) and I have everything working fine but I would like to be able to create a custom ID number using a portion of each customer's name and a number.

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