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NewlinesToReturns ( text )

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Debi Fuchs, Aptworks Consulting

In FileMaker 9 and earlier, remove any newline characters (ASCII 10) from the original text, substituting return characters instead.

Sample Input:
NewlinesToReturns ( Contacts::Notes )
Sample Output:
[contents of Contacts::Notes, with returns in place of any ASCII 10 characters]

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


CUSTOM FUNCTION: NewlinesToReturns ( text )
© 2009 Debi Fuchs of Aptworks Consulting,

In FileMaker 9 and earlier, remove any newline characters (ASCII 10) from the original text, substituting return characters instead.

This is useful because newlines are hard to remove prior to FileMaker 10, because of the lack of the "Char" function in those versions, and because newlines can not be pasted into the calculation dialog box. Starting with FileMaker 10 (thanks for the tip from "VR" on the custom functions forum at use this:

Substitute(text; Char(10); ¶)

NewlinesToReturns( myTable::myField )

IMPLEMENTATION: This function takes advantage of the fact that Value functions treat newlines like returns

NOTES: Tested on Mac only, so far.

LAST MODIFIED: 13-JUL-2009 by Debi Fuchs of Aptworks Consulting

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


How about:

Substitute ( text ; Char(10) ; ¶ )

comment, VR
July 12, 2009 2:41am

Thanks, VR. You're right (starting with FileMaker 10). I'll add that in.

DF, Boston, MA
July 13, 2009 7:46am

Here's an alternative that should work with any version from 8 and higher:

Let ( [
xCR = Substitute ( text ; ¶ ; "" ) ;
LF = Middle ( xCR ; Length ( GetValue ( xCR ; 1 ) ) + 1 ; 1 )
] ;
Substitute ( text ; LF ; ¶ )

The name is "comment", BTW - see: yword=comment

comment, VR
July 13, 2009 4:00pm

Doh! Can I put your code in there, instead, giving you all credit of course? Alternately, I can ask Brian to delete it and you can put it yourself. Either way is fine by me: I think this is a useful custom function for people and it should be accessible.

DF, Boston, MA
July 15, 2009 8:25am

Whatever you prefer is fine by me.

comment, VR
July 15, 2009 9:17pm

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