Can't speak for FileMaker Inc. and they never tell you in advance what issues/features will be changed in an upcoming release but...
For More Information see: FMPA 11 Drop-Down List Bug 1
This is one of many acknowledged bugs that can be found in the Known Bug List here in the Report an Issue section of the forum.
It can also be downloaded as a database file from: http://www.4shared.com/file/8orL8apk/FMP_Bugs.html
Thanks for the links PhilModJunk. I love FM, but it's a shame that FMI quality control let this one slip through the cracks. It's even more of a shame that this wasn't fixed in FM 11v2....I suppose we'll have to do another round of paid upgrades to get this fixed. It's really not right though IMO.
Thanks for the info though.
Personnally, I've always found the "type real fast and get the list to scroll to the first matching value with 2-3 initial letters" behavior to be irritatingly limited when working with large value lists. I'd like to see a workable auto-complete that works with a second column name field when column 1 is an ID number.
I've created a scripted alternative, but it's a bit of work to set up: Tutorial: How to use an auto-complete drop down list when selecting records related by ID number
I second JG's frustration. I run a business on Macs and FM, and the functionality of my database is dependent on being able to type ahead on several large value lists. This problem is a programming flaw within FM, and should be one of their top priorities to correct, yet version 11.1 and 11.2 don't contain a fix. What's going on here? When is this going to be corrected? Does anyone have an answer?
Change the dropdown to a Popup Menu will solve the problem. We have tested this and it works.
If you don't like the shadow it leaves under the field then remove the formating and place a a box around the field.