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Extract text from a Multi-Line value



I would like to know if there is a way in Power Query to extract the full first line of a text from a multi-line value. I have a column with data like this:

Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit...!

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I would like to be able to extract only the text that is marked in orange. 

I was able to get the desired result in Excel with the following formula: 



=LEFT(A2, SEARCH(CHAR(10), A2)-1)




But, I need it in Power Query because I do not have access to the data source that comes with the format shown in the table above and extracting it to excel is not an option.


Is there any way this can be achieved, please?

Thanks a lot in advance,



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Works wonders @Rocco_sprmnt21 🙂


Would you mind to explain me how this formula works, especially the last part "#(lf)"

Thank you!

"#(lf)"  plays the role that char (10) plays in your excel formula.

The formula says to take everything in the text that comes before the first (line feed) it encounters

(in the function I used there is an optional parameter - which in this case it was not necessary to use - which indicates the nth delimiter character you want to use. If you wanted, for example, to extract the first two paragraphs, you could use this additional parameter to indicate this choice).

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