Category: Text

Syntax: Left ( text; numberOfCharacters )


textAny expression that resolves to a text string.

numberOfCharactersAny expression that resolves to a positive integer.

Data type returned: Text


Returns a string containing the first n characters from the specified text string, where n is the number specified in the numberOfCharacters parameter. If the string is shorter than numberOfCharacters, the entire string is returned. If numberOfCharacters is less than 1, an empty string is returned.

The Left() function is commonly used in text parsing routines to extract portions of a text string. It is often used in conjunction with other text functions. For example, to extract the City portion of a field (called "CSZ") containing "City, State Zip" data, you could use the following formula:

 Let (commaPosition = Position (CSZ; ","; 1; 1); Left (CSZ;
 commaPosition - 1))




Left ("Hello"; 2)

Returns He.

Left (FirstName; 1)

Returns the first character of the FirstName field.

FileMaker 8 Functions and Scripts Desk Reference
FileMaker 8 Functions and Scripts Desk Reference
ISBN: 0789735113
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 352
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