# How to create a if statement using the first 4 char of a text field

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I need help trying to create an if state using the first 3 or 4 char of a text field

For example if  [text field 1] start with 7083 = 083
[text field 1] start with 083 = 083
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assuming the string you're checking is text, the formula field may go something like:

if(

begins([field],"7083"),"083",

begins([field],"083"),"083"

)

The Begin() function works on text fields, so if you're comparing numbers, you'd have to use the ToText() fuction around the expression.

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To show just the left most characters you can use the formula "Left"

Left([text field], 3)  will return the left 3 characters.

Combine that with your if like this:

If(Left([Text Field], 3)="083", "Result if true", "result if false")

Then to combine both of those to evaluate options you can "daisy chain" them together:

If(Left([Text Field], 3)="083", "083",
If(Left([Text Field], 4)="7083", "083", "result if neither is true"))