How would I populate a text field with double quotes using the Field Calculator. For example, I want to populate a field as 24". Is there a way to populate fields using the field calculator with this value? If I use "24"", I get an error because of the two double quotes.

  • Found the answer... "24\"" ... need to escape out the double quote.
    – boyle.matt
    Apr 25, 2014 at 18:59
  • Thanks for the quick replies, didn't know you could use single quotes with python, easy solution!
    – boyle.matt
    Apr 25, 2014 at 19:03
  • In the VB parser it's "24""" that's "" to insert a " and " to finish so 3x". Another option is chr(42) where 42 is the ASCII code for " so "24" & chr(42) Apr 26, 2014 at 2:49

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Change the parser to Python using the radio button at the top of the field calculator window, then use single-quotes to enclose your text:


Python allows you to use either single- or double-quotes to enclose a string. If you wanted to use an apostrophe in your text field, you would use double-quotes instead:


with python, you can use either " " or ' ' to identify your text

so you could do it like this :


but the best method if you don't want to play with \' and \" when you have both ' and " in your string, is to use the triple """

""" 24's" """

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