I need the flow to load a Phone number record into a custom setting without any dashes or parentheses. Ex. (440)-111-2222 into 4401112222. I am trying to use Regex to do this and not having any luck. Is there a better way to do this?

I have seen posts suggesting ideas like this,

REGEX( {!getOppRecord.Phone__c} , "[^|\\d]" )

in the value but I have not had any luck with it so far. enter image description here

  • why not just use SUBSTITUTE function and remove all special chars and spaces? – cropredy Nov 4 '19 at 18:42
  • Hi and thank you for the feedback crop, can I use the substitute function to remove the special characters? Would it something to the tune of: SUBSTITUTE({!getOppRecord.Phone__c}, "(", ""), ")", ""), " ", ""), "-", "") ? – Razvan Crisan Nov 4 '19 at 18:59
  • SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(fld,'%',''),'^','') etc – cropredy Nov 4 '19 at 19:49
  • It looks like its not recognizing the function? Unless I am still doing something wrong. – Razvan Crisan Nov 4 '19 at 20:06

If you have a limited number of special characters to replace...

Assuming the field is called Phone__c


Removes hypen, underscore, left and right parens. Extend to other common characters like period/dot, plus sign, blanks, etc.

If I enter (650)555-1212 I will get back as the formula value 6505551212

You are only limited by the max compile size of the formula expression; REGEX only finds patterns, it doesn't do replacements (in a SFDC formula expression)

  • It looks like I am in fact hindered with an 80 - character limit on the formula. You formula contains 93 characters, and my field API name is also a little longer. Which is okay, I wanted to see what the capabilities were. – Razvan Crisan Nov 4 '19 at 20:39

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