Multiselect and Substitute formula


Begginer here with formulas!

I imported a lot of data into my database. In a column box, for example, I have up to 10 different data, all separated by semicolons. My goal is to multiselect them, but I was told that I had to substitute the semicolons for something else for it to work.

I have tried the basic substitute formula, but clearly I am missing some information or understanding.

Thank you very much for your help!

It would help if we knew exactly what you tried and how it failed. All you do is add a formula field with SUBSTITUTE({field}, ";", ","), then convert the formula into a multi select.

Is that what you tried?

This is what I tried, but it says : Sorry, there was a problem saving this field. Can’t save field because it causes a circular reference.

Is the problem the name of my column ?

You should have two fields you’re dealing with. The original field with the semicolons in it ({field}), and the formula field for the substitute ({formula}). Once you’ve converted the formula into a multiselect field you can delete the original.

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I’m sorry, I’m not sure I totally understand.

Here’s a preview of what I’ve been doing so far. As you can see, it changes all my data to another column I have.

As @Kamille_Parks mentioned above, you need to create a brand new formula field, not customize your existing field.


OH GOD, IT WORKS! Thank you so much for both your help!

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