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_WordShrink( text ; direction ; characters ; break )

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Joshua Morton, JEM Consulting

Truncates all words in a string to the same length

Sample Input:
_WordShrink ( "University of Colorado Denver" ; "l" ; 4 ; "_" )
Sample Output:

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


Based on "FormatList" by Therese Telepski, Art + Promotion

Sets All words in a string to the same length and can put in custom separator.

This is a good way to truncate text for file naming or other abbreviations

The "direction" param allow for truncating from the left "l" or right "r"

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


so what purp woul I have for some like this

Bob, east hampton
December 08, 2011 4:26pm

If you want to create an shorted title based on long string. It could be school name as in this example or book titles or product name to automate file/folder names or for display/printout purposes.

Josh, New York
December 08, 2011 4:44pm

It's great for naming pdf's that have long titles. I have been looking for something like this. Excellent work. Thanks!

Brent Simon, Central California
December 09, 2011 3:56pm

You can also use it with Filter_Stopwords ( Text )

To clean up further by removing "Stopwords" the, of, and, etc. also you can easily modify that CF by adding extra words if you want.


Filter_Stopwords ( _WordShrink ( "University of Colorado Denver" ; "l" ; 4 ; "_" ) )

would become Univ_Colo_Denv

Josh, New York
December 09, 2011 4:08pm

Even better! Perfect!

Brent Simon, Central California
December 09, 2011 4:17pm

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