Here’s something I’ve been struggling with. I’ve solved it now, but it took so long I thought I’d post it in case anyone else is battling the same problem.
macOS Monterey, Shortcuts.
I wanted to gather four pieces of text - one from the shortcut’s input, one chosen from a list, and two submitted by me through “Ask for Input” dialogue boxes.
I wanted to use “Combine Text” to create a single string, with the four inputs separated by a semi-colon.
Naively, I thought I could give Combine Text four variable names, tell it which separator I wanted to use, and get something useful out the other side.
This doesn’t work. I spent hours tinkering, reading help text, and scouring the web. I was about ready to give up.
Then I wondered if a List might be the answer. Turns out, if you setup a List object with the four variables you want to combine, Combine Text then takes it as an input and produces a sensible output.
This stuff is probably obvious to most people, but it was driving me mad. Now, life is better.