I need to copy data from a long text field (source field a) into 3 other fields: field b = lines 1-40 of source field a field c = lines 41-80 of source field a field d = lines 81-end of source field a

hoping there is a way in process builder to write a formula for so I don't need to ask for a trigger.

  • Process Builder isn't particularly well-suited for the task that you propose. The Formula language advanced enough to easily find, as you say, the 40th line of text. Even if you built such a formula, and it allowed it, it would use probably 100 times more CPU time than just using a trigger.
    – sfdcfox
    Nov 29, 2016 at 17:40
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    You can't bring long text area fields into formulas so that eliminates formula, workflow field update, and I think process builder as they all use the same formula building functionality so I assume that limit is spread across those features. This feels like a trigger use case. Nov 29, 2016 at 19:31

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I have created 3 fields in Account SObject:

  • Long Text Area (text area long field)
  • Text B (text field)
  • Text C (text field)

And created a Process Builder in Account SObject:

Process Builder

I'm updating the fields Text B & Text C when I change the value of Long Text Area. For example:

  • I'm using LEFT([Account].Long_Text_Area__c, 40) to assign the first 40th characters to the Text B field.
  • RIGHT([Account].Long_Text_Area__c,40) to Text C.


Restult on change


Take a look this documentation to operate with TEXT in formulas: Formula Operators and Functions: TEXT

  • Thanks both for the input. Figured but never hurts to ask.
    – user39769
    Dec 4, 2016 at 16:51
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    OP is looking for the 41st line, not 41st character
    – cropredy
    Dec 5, 2016 at 2:49
  • yes thanks so much for trying but was looking for line. I appreciate the attempt. Dec 5, 2016 at 21:56

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