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How to extract only part of a field using a macro

Learn how to extract only parts of a field using a metadata macro

Extracting parts of a field

If you want to extract part of a field, you can make a metadata macro that will take a certain number of characters from the beginning of the content in that field.


You have a date field that contains a date formatted like this:



Your aim is to extract the year only and put it into another field.

In the screenshot below we want to take the year from field #055 (iptc created date) and put it into field #011.

In "Field Content", first enter the field code, then an exclamation mark "!" followed by the number of characters you want to extract.

What this is actually saying is " extract the first four characters from field 55 and put them into field 11".

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