Brian Dunning's FileMaker Custom Functions

ExtractLine ( TextField ; LineNumber )

Return a specific line out of a text field.

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  Sample input:
ExtractLine ( "Red
Black" ; 3 )
  Sample output:

  Function definition: (Copy & paste into FileMaker's Edit Custom Function window)

This is an easy way to pull a specific line of text out of a field that has it's data seperated by carriage returns. If you try to get a get a line of text that is not available, it will return a "?".



Chris Lord-Paquin   Chris Lord-Paquin, Manchester, NH
May 4, 2009
The above custom function works great, but does not pull the last value of the field. There must be a "¶" after the last value for the function to fully work. The following works properly.

Let ([
TextSource = TextField & "¶";
TextLine = Middle (TextSource; Position ( TextSource; "¶"; 1; LineNumber - 1) + 1;
Position ( TextSource; "¶"; 1; LineNumber) - Position ( TextSource; "¶"; 1; LineNumber - 1) - 1

If ( IsEmpty (TextLine); "?"; TextLine)
Jo   Jo, brussels
Sep 25, 2015
wouldn't getvalue do the same ?

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