In SPO list we have a single line of text, where values are sent as anchor tag e.g <a href="https://SPSITE.sharepoint.com/sites/inspection/Shared Documents/Plant & Equipment/MAINTENANCE/Maintenance Program/Inspection_Vehicle_18082022_075430__3.pdf">Inspection_Vehicle_18082022_075430__3.pdf </a>

WE do not have control on the program that sets this value.

Is there way we can format this with JSON to show as Inspection_Vehicle_18082022_075430__3.pdf inside list?

Basically to rend this text as HTML ? All json format take "txtContent" as parameter. or they need elmType.

or is there a way to do string manipulation?

We are avoiding having another power automate to do string manipulation and extract HREF/Filename value.

  • There are few operators available for string manipulation like substring, indexOf. Check the link for more information. Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 14:44

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If the values always follow the same format, then you can extract the values and build a clickable link using this JSON (Column Settings > Format this column > Advanced Mode and then paste the below code):

  "$schema": "https://developer.microsoft.com/json-schemas/sp/v2/column-formatting.schema.json",
  "elmType": "a",
  "txtContent": "=substring(@currentField, indexOf(@currentField, '>') + 1, indexOf(@currentField, '</'))",
  "attributes": {
    "href": "=substring(@currentField, indexOf(@currentField, 'href=') + 6, indexOf(@currentField, '>')-1)"

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