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Returns a text result containing only the values that were provided in filterValues, in the order they were originally entered in textToFilter.


FilterValues(textToFilter; filterValues)


textToFilter - any text expression or text field

filterValues - values that you want to preserve in the specified text

Data type returned 


Originated in 

FileMaker Pro 7.0


If the filterValues parameter doesn’t have any values, an empty string is returned.

Values are text items separated by carriage returns. A value can be empty, a single character, a word, a sentence, or a paragraph. When you press Enter or Return, you start creating a new value. The last value will be recognized with or without a carriage return.

When the textToFilter or the filterValues parameter is a literal string, you must insert a paragraph character (¶) between each item in the string. To insert a carriage return character, click the button in the Specify Calculation dialog box.

The FilterValues function is not case sensitive.

Each returned value ends with a carriage return, allowing lists to be easily concatenated.

Example 1 

FilterValues ( "Plaid¶Canvas¶Suitcase" ; "Plaid¶Canvas" ) returns


Example 2 

FilterValues ( ValueListItems ( "Database" ; "Sizes" ) ; "Medium¶Small" ) returns


when a database file named Database has a value list Sizes that contains Small¶Medium¶Large.

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