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I have a need to insert two carriage return for a long string into new lines when seeing special characters, for example my current string is:"index1 is 10 and index2 is 20" that I want to change to within the same field:
index 1 is 10
index2 is 20
is there is functions to insert a carriage return with the Formula? or Regex has this feature? Thanks!
I wanted to try and add to Ned's advice. His method will work great if you're trying to concatenate two fields into one and incorporate a carriage return, but if you don't have the data broken into two different fields already, you'll likely need to take a different approach.
Let's take your example: we've got a single field and the first row contains your string:
"index1 is 10 and index2 is 20"
If I understand your question correctly, you're looking to use a Formula to break the string up when it hits 'and', replacing the 'and' with a carriage return, but still keep it all in one cell.
My solution would be the following formula:
REGEX_REPLACE([string],' and ' , ' ' )
This formula will look through your string field for an instance of ' and ' and then replace it with two newlines. The output ends up looking exactly like your example:
You could also expand this formula to look for a range of breakpoints by separating each term with a pipe. For example, if you wanted to insert carriage return on either ' and ' or ' but ', you'd do this:
For whatever reason, when the field with the carriage return/newline is put into the body of an email using the Email Tool, the newline is ignored. It's there if you look with a Browse, but isn't in the resulting email. A workaround is to use the Report Text tool to create a field with the line break. Then it shows up in the resulting email.
Lisa LePome Senior Customer Support Engineer -- Knowledge Management Coach Alteryx, Inc.
I have a chunk of text that has several carriage returns included in the same cell. As you said before the report text tool will ignore these. How would i get these to show up on the report text tool, without having to split into mulitple columns ?
I cant split into mulitple columns, as each record is going to contain a different number of carriage return depending on what was done on the job !
Does anyone know a trick to make Excel honor this? I'm using a summarize tool to concatenate lines into one line, putting a separator of \n for the fields I'm concatenating, and it shows up properly split into lines on the binoculars/preview tool, but my last step is "output to excel", and Excel doesn't show the newline splits in the cell.
Update - it *kind of* does. Seems to be an Excel display issue. The cell text appears all in one line when I open the sheet, but as soon as I put my cursor inside the cell, I can see it's split into multiple lines, and when I move the cursor off that cell it displays in multiple lines.