Leading zeros - remove for WA link


i started out saving my mobile numbers as “number format” in order to use it directly as a Whatsapp link (it needs to omit the leading zero in the url).

then, i realised, the “phone number format” is much more useful to allow the user to call or message the number, it also displays with a leading zero to the end user which makes sense.

now, my problem is, if i use the phone number format, i need to find a way to get rid of the leading zero for my WA link - any suggestions other than reverting back to using number format for my mobile numbers?


You can use the Extract Matching Text plugin with the following regular expression:

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Worked like a charm :slight_smile: :star_struck: have been learning regex the last couple of days but its quite a steep learning curve… thanks a million

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