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MiddleWordsIncPunct ( text ; startingWord ; numberOfWords )

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Ralph Learmont, Ralph Learmont

Returns words including any punctuation and quote characters to the LEFT and RIGHT of those words

Sample Input:
MiddleWordsIncPunct ( "She screamed \"Let me play too!\". But nobody moved." ; 3 ; 4 )
Sample Output:
"Let me play too!".

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Filemaker's 'MiddleWords' function (and its other similar word functions) provide a string of words which contain all punctuation and quote characters within those words, but strip off any that might have existed at the beginning and end of that word string.
If you need to include these surrounding characters, try this function.

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


Words are not always separated by spaces.

comment, VR
January 10, 2012 6:47am

You just saved me an hour (really 2 if I was to polish it as you did).

Clean and very useful.


Darrel, Portland
March 17, 2014 6:39am

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