Finds a value before a particular word or phrase inside the token.

There are several options to control how this modifier operates:

From Start: Returns the text that appears before the search text.

From Start of Line: Returns all the text that appears before the search text, until the end of the line.

Previous Word: Displays the next word before the search text.

Previous Number: Displays the next number before the search text.


TextBefore(inputText, option, followingText)

Enabled For

For a description of the business object categories, see Notes on "Enabled For".

Business Object Category Yes/No
Business Rules: Before-Save Rules Yes
Business Rules: Calculation Rules (After Save, with or without Also Recalculate on Load) Yes1
Business Rules: Calculation Rules (Before Save or Always, without Also Recalculate On Load) Yes
Business Rules: Calculation Rules (Before Save or Always, with Recalculate On Load) Yes1
Business Rules: Editing Rules Yes
Business Rules: Initialization Rules Yes
Business Rules: Read Only Rules Yes
Business Rules: Required Rules Yes
Business Rules: Validation Rules Yes
Client Expressions Yes
Object Permissions No
Services No
Mobile No
Quick Actions (except UI Quick Actions) Yes
UI Quick Actions Yes
Reports Yes
Search/Dashboard without field references No
Search/Dashboard with field references No
1. Not fully supported in calculation rules that have a condition of After Save or the Also Recalculate on Load option selected. It may fail if the rule's field is used in a grid, form, or saved search.


Parameter Description
inputText Input string to perform Text Before


Options available to perform Text Before


A particular text before the value that needs to be found

Return Value

Returns a string before a particular text.


$(TextBefore(': This is regarding Incident:1234 which is important', 'FromStart', 'Incident:'))

Returns this value:

: This is regarding