Software Venture Consulting

FileMaker Pro downloads & Resources
FileMaker Custom Functions
FileMaker Web Viewer Examples
FileMaker Pro & Lasso Consulting
FileMaker Books
FileMaker Articles
FileMaker Error Reference

Free Web Tools
Free FileMaker Tools

Personal Pages

Shopping Cart
Shopping Cart


Free Newsletter


Privacy Policy

FileMaker is a registered trademark of FileMaker, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.


 FileMaker Pro Custom Functions

List  |  Show Random  |  Upload  |  Add This to Your Site

HighlightWords ( theText ; searchString ; start ; range )

Rate this function:  

  Average rating: 4.3  (34 votes)
  Discuss this Custom Function

Ryan Brandys, Branmuffin Industries

Formats occurences of searchString within theText to look like the results of a Google search!

Sample Input:
HighlightTitleWords ( "
The Bricklin years were an important chunk of my life because I invested all the equity I had and lost it. It taught me things, like humility.

DeLorean spent eight years doing what took us two years, spent US$200 million or more doing it, and failed. He certainly had more credentials than us. Building a car company to build one car--I don't recommend it as a good investment." ; "delorean" ; 1 ; 40 )
Sample Output:
Title: Malcolm Bricklin , By: Holloway, ... t. It taught me things, like humility. DeLorean spent eight years doing what took us tw ...

 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


This script is designed to transform theText to mimic the results of a google search for searchString.

Occurences of searchString are Boldened, and if the occurences are very far apart, the text between them is shortened with an ellipsis (...)

You provide the function with:

theText ( a block of text or an article )
searchString ( the phrase you are searching for)
start ( use 1 to begin at the beginning of theText)
range ( the number of characters between occurences before an ellipsis is used )

And it provides you with a shorter block of text that looks like it came from your own private google search of your filemaker records.

Notes: This function is recursive. This function is not case-sensitive because most users would want all occurences of the searchString to appear regardless of case.

I highly recommend calling this function as shown below. this will remove extra carriage returns and turn the text black.

TextColor (

Substitute (

HighlightWords ( theText ; searchString ; 1; 40 )

; ΒΆ ; " " )

; RGB ( 0;0;0 ) )

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 are no comments yet. Be the first to post a comment about this Custom Function! Please try to keep it brief & to the point. Anyone can post:

Your Name:
characters left. If you paste in more than 1500 characters, it will be truncated. Discuss the function - advertisements and other useless posts will be deleted.
Answer 9 + 6 =
Search for Custom Functions:

Custom Functions Widget
Download the Custom Function Dashboard Widget for OS X
Keep all the latest Custom Functions right at your fingertips!

Newest Custom Functions:

1. ExcludeValues(MyList ; Out)
  (Wed, Mar 21, 7:23am)
2. PreviousMonthEndDate ( myDate )
  (Wed, Mar 07, 3:35am)
3. PreviousMonthName (myDate)
  (Wed, Mar 07, 3:33am)
4. FmTableFields ( tableName ; fieldsInclude ; fieldsExclude ; classExclude ; typeExclude ; prefixExclude )
  (Fri, Mar 02, 6:32am)
5. sql.getTable ( fullyQualifiedFieldObject )
  (Thu, Feb 22, 8:36am)
6. sql.getField ( fullyQualifiedFieldObject )
  (Thu, Feb 22, 8:34am)
7. FilterOut ( ListA ; ListB )
  (Wed, Feb 21, 6:11pm)
8. Char0 ( )
  (Sun, Feb 18, 2:35am)

RSS Feed of Custom Functions