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Rashid, Spartantech

Gets the strring to the left of the active selection text. If there is no selection, returns nothing

Sample Input:
Show me left "of this string"
(assuming "of this string is selected)
Sample Output:
Show me left

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Gets the strring to the left of the active selection text. If there is no selection, returns nothing

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


There a few typos in your CF.

You warned that this CF reqired a CF "GetSelectedText()", available here. That CF doesn't exist. However there is one called "getActiveSelection" that will work using your parameter.

In addition, the CF formula is not complete, as you used GetSelectedText without the parameter


Lee Smith, Woodland
July 16, 2009 5:10pm

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