Auto Enter Default Value

Version 2




    Mac OS X, Windows
    Todd Duell
    FMP 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 11
    Formulations Pro
    Web: No
    File Type: FP7
    Server: Yes
    FileSize: ~ .66 megabytes


    Auto entering data for your users saves a tremendous amount of time for data entry. It also ensures that the data is spelled accurately, which makes searching for information tremendously easier. However, a programming problem occurs with auto-enter calculations when a new record is created if the users are allowed to modify the value list or if your business rules change over time. Then the values in the value list no longer match the auto-enter calculation unless you change the calculation. This is a headache for the programmers. However, there's an easy way to solve all of these issues with one simple calculation.


    See sample file


    Sample Input

    Sample Output

    Developer's Notes

    See sample file for full demo and technical article.


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