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Separating a Display Name that appears as a String without commas.

Any idea if I can use a data tool to separate or split the "display name" content into 2, and use only the first name.  

For example:  I would like to use first name only and separate the "displayname":  "bob smith"  to only "bob" and use "bob" later on in the flow with a dynamic content component.  



Super User
Super User

Hi @ninjaryder1st,


Yes, you should be able to use a split function and use the space character for the split. Use the [0] index position to get the first part.


Below is an example in a couple of compose actions. 

split(outputs('Compose'), ' ')[0]



Dual Super User
Dual Super User


Did you try to split by space

split(displayName,' ')[0]


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Thanks, I did learn about split expressions, but my issue is that when I pull out Display Name for "compose" its places an "apply to each" function for DisplayName, and I understand that apply to each cannot be used for Initialize Variable commands.   




and composing w/ split expression yields this, w/o a name : 




Ok, I forgot the Compose 1 before the Compose 2 with Split expression.  That works and I've split the name, but its not allowing me to recover the first name output from the split so I can place it later in the flow under HTML format for "send and email (V2)"..




Dual Super User
Dual Super User

@ninjaryder1st can you add screens how your flow is structured?

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Hi @Mira_Ghaly ,








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