Function Details
(Text t, Number n)
Returns the leftmost n characters from the Text argument t.
Left("abcd", 2) returns "ab"
Sample Problems and Formulas
Solution in English
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Convert dates to European format Is there any way to change the default date format in my Date Identified field to the european DD/MM/YYYY? Dates Left(NotLeft(ToText([Date Identified]),"-"),"-")& "-" & 
Case(Left(ToText([Date Identified]),2),
"10","Oct","11","Nov","12","Dec")& "-" 
& Right(ToText([Date Identified]),"-")
  You can't do this within a date field. You must create a formula - text type field to display dates in this format. Text  
Extract day and month from a date You want to display only the day and month without the year. Dates Left(ToText([Date]),5) Convert the value in the Date field to a text type value. Then extract the leftmost 5 characters. If the value in the Date field is 07-08-1967, this formula returns 07-08. Note that this formula produces a text type value. Text  
Remove "the" from names to enable alphabetical sorting You have a list of organizations, some of which start with THE. You want to remove the THE so you can sort the list alphabetically. Text If(Contains(Left([Organization Name],3),"The"), NotLeft([Organization Name],4), [Organization Name]) If the Organization Name field's leftmost three characters are "the" then remove the four leftmost characters (Why specify 4 instead of 3? To remove the space after "the"). Otherwise (if there's no "the") just show the organization name.   Text  
Convert a value representing time in minutes into seconds When I enter a time in minutes and seconds (ie. 3.42) I need to be able to convert these to seconds. Time ToNumber(Left([Minutes], ".")) * 60 + ToNumber(Right([Minutes], ".")) The Left function will return all the text up to but not including the period. In the example, that is 3. Since it is a text value, convert it into a number using the ToNumber function and then multiply the result by 60 to get seconds.

Do the same to extract the text after the period using the Right function. Finally, we add it up to get the total seconds -- in this case it should be 3*60 + 50 = 230 seconds.
Use a text field to store the number (like 3.42) since three minutes and 42 seconds is not the same thing as 3.42 seconds. Numeric  
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When you bring additional fields into a conversion, Quick Base often finds inconsistencies. For example, say you're converting your Companies column into its own table. One company, Acme Corporation, has offices in New York, Dallas and Portland. So, when you add the City column to the conversion, Quick Base finds three different locations for Acme. A single value in the column you're converting can only match one value in any additional field. Quick Base needs you to clean up the extra cities before it can create your new table. To do so, you have one of two choices:

  • If you want to create three separate Acme records (Acme-New York, Acme-Dallas and Acme-Portland) click the Conform link at the top of the column.
  • If the dissimilar entries are mistakes (say Acme only has one office in New York and the other locations are data-entry errors) go back into your table and correct the inconsistencies—in this case, changing all locations to New York. Then try the conversion again.

Read more about converting a column into a table.

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