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LeftItems ( text ; numberOfItems )

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Kirk Bowman, MightyData
http://www.mightydata.com

Returns same result as LeftValues without the training return

Sample Input:
LeftItems ( "Red
White
Blue" ; 1 )
Sample Output:
Red


 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.

Click here to copy To Clip Manager if you have myFMbutler's Clip Manager installed

Description:

The new LeftValues function in FileMaker 7 returns a result with a trailing return character. Here is a quote for the LeftValues function from the FileMaker 7 online help.

"Each returned value ends with a carriage return, allowing lists to be easily concatenated."

It is more time consuming to remove the trailing return when extracting a value from a list than to add a return when concatenating lists. The LeftItems custom function works the same as the LeftValues function without the trailing return.

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

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it

Discuss:

As currently written, LeftItems ( "one-┬Âtwo" ; 1 ) will return "one" and not "one-".

Here's an alternative function that returns "one-":

Let ( output = LeftValues ( text ; numberOfItems ) ; Left ( output ; Length ( output ) - 1 ) )

Travis, Denver, CO
September 26, 2016 11:21am

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