Lookup field with rich text?

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I feel like I’m possibly missing something but it appears there’s no way to get markdown/rich text out of the field/table that it’s in? If I add a LOOKUP field that references a rich text field, the text comes through but all formatting is stripped. Is there a way around this?

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Unfortunately, this is a very big limitation of Airtable. I would highly recommend sending an email to and ask them to please support this functionality. This would be very useful for many of my Airtable consulting clients.

Airtable is a “platform of limitations”, and we have to come up with all sorts of workarounds on a regular basis. Probably the best thing you can do here is to create an automation, but I don’t think that Airtable currently gives us any way to do this with the built-in automation actions (which are also extremely limited).

So I’m pretty sure that you would need to write your own custom JavaScript to automate this, or you could turn to a low-code/no-code automation platform like Integromat to automate this for you.

In essence, the automation that you would want to create would look something like this:

When you’re done editing your rich text field in the original table, you would check a checkbox which then triggers an automation to copy & paste the RTF value from the original table into a RTF field in your other table. This is definitely not ideal & comes with its own set of problems (for example, what if somebody edits the RTF value in the new table?), but it could be a feasible solution.

I’m also not 100% sure that this will work, but I’m pretty sure that it will. I’m pretty sure that you can copy & paste from one RTF field into another RTF field, and it should retain the rich text formatting.

Maybe somebody else will come up with some better ideas.

p.s. I am a professional Airtable consultant and a Registered Integromat Partner, and the Integromat link above contains my personal referral code.