When you copy and paste layout objects your are not creating new fields in the table on which your layout based. Your copy and paste is thus just producing duplicate copies of the same set of fields that all store data in the same record.
You could create different sets of fields in the table, but it would be better if each set of fields were from a different record. That isn't so simple to set for the tabs of a tab control and that design approach isn't very flexible. If you need to record more data, you have to keep changing your layout design.
There are other, more flexible ways to store such data using a set of records with one record for each of your groups of fields.
Thanks for the help. I am pretty new to Filemaker Pro, and want to figure out an easy way for my students to enter data. What are your suggestions for creating records on a layout?
Select New Record from the Records Menu.
But it's your layout design--how you design it to display your data that's a problem here. Each location, Toe, Bank, Lower Terrace... should be a different record in a related table. This makes for easier analysis of your data once it has been recorded.
You might set up a portal to such a table and the fields you show in a single panel of your tab control can become a single row in the portal.
as Phil says, you will need to set up related tables for each sub-set of data
Presumably each set of data will share a Macroplot ID, so you will use that as a unique ID number, eg:
Each table (Toe, Bank, Upper Terrace, Lower Terrace and Uplands) will consist of these fields:
foreign key Macroplot ID
Then you set up a 'Master' table, which need only contain two fields:
Primary Key Macroplot ID (Serial Number auto)
Then you will need to set up relationships between your sub-tables and your master, such that for each sub-table:
Master::PkMacroplot ID = SubTable::fkMacroplotID
and 'Allow creation of records by this relationship' in each case
Your main layout will then be on the Master table, and each tab panel on your layout will have a one-row portal to the related sub-tables - related by virtue of the link above
Creating a new record on your master table will then, effectively, create new records in your sub-tables
This will also enable you to add calculation fields within each Sub table record and summary calculation fields within each Master table record
Thanks for the info.
A couple of questions:
1. When you say sub-tables, do you mean layouts within a master table? Or do I create all separate tables and link them?
2. What do you mean by the letters Pk.. and fk....?
I suggest that you create a table for each sub-set of data (Toe, Bank etc) all linked using the Macroplot ID as a Foreign Key in the individual table, to the unique Macroplot ID as the Primary Key in the 'master' table