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Repeat ( myText ; Number )

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Rob Poelking, Excelisys

Repeat text a specified number of times

Sample Input:
Repeat ( "x" ; 5 )
Sample Output:

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

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Repeats a character or text string the number of times specified. Useful in padding text.

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


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Thank you so much, it works like a charm, however, I had to change the parameter "char" by "text", given that char is a reserved word.

Ibrahim Bittar, Leon, Mexico
October 13, 2011 6:10pm

Yes, I wrote the function before FM introduced the Char function. Glad you can use it, I appreciate the feedback.

Rob Poelking, Cleveland, Ohio
October 13, 2011 6:45pm

A simpler approach for less than 404 repetitions:

Substitute ( 10 ^ Number - 1 ; 9 ; Text )

Kind regards,

Miguel Angel Fernandez, Leon/Spain
February 13, 2017 7:44pm

You are a genius! I love this! I didn't even know one could create custom functions! THANK YOU BRIAN DUNNING!

Walter Whitman Moore, Beverly Hills
September 21, 2017 8:56am

Guys, you make my day...

It's a real pleasure to read such beautiful code, and I can't decide wich one is the most smart beetween Miguel and Aaron... Congratulation to all...

David, Geneva
December 23, 2017 2:01am

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