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RemoveEmptyValues ( _values )

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Michael Rhodes, Allied Data Service

Removes all empty values from a value list.

Sample Input:
RemoveEmptyValuesƒ ( "¶a¶¶¶¶¶b¶" )
Sample Output:

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Removes all empty values from a value list.

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This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


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Thanks for the heads up, Daniel. Fixed.

Michael Rhodes, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
January 24, 2011 9:14pm

My values all begin with a *. I found the first * was deleted by this function.
The identically named rival did the job for me

Crispin, Hodges
November 03, 2011 11:32am

If you're looking for a function to remove an extra carriage return after the array, try RemoveEmptyValues ( Text ) instead, this one will preserve a carriage return at the end of the array. Helpful for certain situations.

Jared, Los Angeles, CA
August 15, 2014 5:19pm

The current version removes the trailing pilcrow. The original version kept it intentionally, but I have found it better to remove it over the years.

Michael Rhodes, Colorado Springs, USA
March 17, 2017 12:49pm

Hi Michael,

This is fab thanks - just what I needed. You may wish to update the sample output ainfo as it currently still has the trialling pilcrow in it :-)


James, UK
September 06, 2017 12:18am

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