The text column contains any text you want to store in a column on your board(s). You can filter, read, update, and clear the text column via the API.

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Text column limit

The text column itself has no explicit character limit. However, each item has a column value limit of approximately 64KB.

Filtering the text column

Using the items_page object, you can easily filter a board's items by specific columns or column values. The table below contains the text column's supported operators and compare values.

OperatorsCompare values
any_of
  • The whole text value to filter by
  • "" (blank values)
  • not_any_of
  • The whole text value to filter by
  • "" (blank values)
  • is_emptynull
    is_not_emptynull
    contains_textThe partial or whole text value to filter by
    not_contains_textThe partial or whole text value to filter by

    Examples

    The following example returns all items on the specified board without an empty text column.

    query {
      boards (ids: 1234567890) {
        items_page (query_params: {rules: [{column_id: "text", compare_value: [""], operator:not_any_of}]}) {
          items {
            id
            name
          }
        }
      }
    }
    

    Reading the text column

    You can query the text column using the column_values object that enables you to return column-specific subfields by sending a fragment in your query. Values for the text column are of the TextValue type.

    query {
      items (ids:[1234567890, 9876543210]) {
        column_values {
          ... on TextValue {
            text
            value
          }
        }
      }
    }
    

    Fields

    FieldDescription
    column Column!The column the value belongs to.
    id ID!The column's unique identifier.
    text StringThe column's textual value. This field will return "" if the column has an empty value.
    type ColumnType!The column's type.
    value JSONThe column's JSON-formatted raw value.

    Updating the text column

    You can update a text column using the change_simple_column_value mutation and sending a simple string in the value argument. You can also use the change_multiple_column_values mutation and pass a JSON string in the column_values argument.

    Simple strings

    To update the text column, send a simple String value.

    mutation {
      change_simple_column_value (item_id:9876543210, board_id:1234567890, column_id:"text", value: "Sample text") {
        id
      }
    }
    
    fetch ("https://api.monday.com/v2", {
      method: 'post',
      headers: {
        'Content-Type': 'application/json',
        'Authorization' : 'YOUR_API_KEY_HERE'
      },
      body: JSON.stringify({
        query : "mutation ($myBoardId:Int!, $myItemId:Int!, $myColumnValue: String!, $columnId: String!) { change_simple_column_value (item_id:$myItemId, board_id:$myBoardId, column_id: $columnId, value: $myColumnValue) { id } }",
        variables : JSON.stringify({
          myBoardId: 1234567890,
          myItemId: 9876543210,
          columnId: "text",
          myColumnValue: "Sample text"
          })
        })
      })
    

    JSON

    To update the text column using JSON, send the value as a string. Check out this mutation in action in our Postman library or follow along with these code samples!

    mutation {
      change_multiple_column_values(item_id:9876543210, board_id:1234567890, column_values: "{\"text\" : \"Sample text\"}") {
        id
      }
    }
    
    fetch ("https://api.monday.com/v2", {
      method: 'post',
      headers: {
        'Content-Type': 'application/json',
        'Authorization' : 'YOUR_API_KEY_HERE'
      },
      body: JSON.stringify({
        query : "mutation ($myBoardId:Int!, $myItemId:Int!, $myColumnValues:JSON!) { change_multiple_column_values(item_id:$myItemId, board_id:$myBoardId, column_values: $myColumnValues) { id }}",
        variables : JSON.stringify({
          myBoardId: 1234567890,
          myItemId: 9876543210,
          myColumnValues: "{\"text\" : \"Sample text\"}"
        })
      })
    })
    

    Clearing the text column

    You have two options to clear a text column. First, you can use the change_multiple_column_values mutation and pass null or an empty string in the column_values argument. Check out this mutation in action in our Postman library or follow along with these code samples!

    mutation {
      change_multiple_column_values(item_id:9876543210, board_id:1234567890, column_values: "{\"text\" : null}") {
        id
      }
    }
    
    fetch ("https://api.monday.com/v2", {
      method: 'post',
      headers: {
        'Content-Type': 'application/json',
        'Authorization' : 'YOUR_API_KEY_HERE'
      },
      body: JSON.stringify({
        query : "mutation ($myBoardId:Int!, $myItemId:Int!, $myColumnValues:JSON!) { change_multiple_column_values(item_id:$myItemId, board_id:$myBoardId, column_values: $myColumnValues) { id } }",
        variables : JSON.stringify({
          myBoardId: 1234567890,
          myItemId: 9876543210,
          myColumnValues: "{\"text\" : null}"
        })
      })
    })
    

    You can also use the change_simple_column_value mutation and pass an empty string in the value argument.

    mutation {
      change_simple_column_value(item_id:9876543210, board_id:1234567890, column_id: "text", value: "") {
        id
      }
    }
    
    fetch ("https://api.monday.com/v2", {
      method: 'post',
      headers: {
        'Content-Type': 'application/json',
        'Authorization' : 'YOUR_API_KEY_HERE'
      },
      body: JSON.stringify({
        query : "mutation ($myBoardId:Int!, $myItemId:Int!, $myColumnValue: String!, $columnId: String!) { change_simple_column_value (item_id:$myItemId, board_id:$myBoardId, column_id: $columnId, value: $myColumnValue) { id } }",
        variables : JSON.stringify({
          myBoardId: 1234567890,
          myItemId: 9876543210,
          columnId: "text",
          myColumnValue: ""
          })
        })
      })
    

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