your fields may be set to Find only, check the Inspector for their behaviour, ordinarily the normal cut, copy, paste commands work fine.
but what you should do is set up the second field as an auto-enter calculation field, with the calculation set to the first field and check the box 'Do not replace existing value of field (if any)'
then entering data in first field will automatically copy the same data into the second field, or you can override it
note that this copies all the text in one field into the other, if you only want 'parts of the data' you will have to parse out what you don't want in that calculation, or create another calc field to do it
Ctrl-c and Ctrl-v work for me and I use them with FileMaker on a daily basis. But there is also an ongoing thread over in Report an Issue where a few users are reporting long standing issues with copy and paste. So far the TS folks have not been able to identify the source of the trouble, but you way want to search out that thread if you are interested.
Thank you for your comments.
( a side note: I always try to avoid building features in the table structure like calculation fields etc. because it makes the system rigid as far as midifications especially when you have many users and you have to deploy a modification for each of them)
But I have been toying with this since and I may have discovered the cullprit. Not the solution but the cause of the problem.
You may want to try this and verify my thoughts.
I am using a custom menu and whenever I type ctl-c or ctl-v it replaces the data with special characters.
When I edited the layout and make the default menu set the standard filemaker menu ... the cut and paste worked.
Now I still have the problem, I really need the custom menu but I also need to cut and paste. Any thoughts.
If this turns out to be what the TS team is looking for, how can I write to them, I never did that before.
Cant you just turn these keyboard short cuts back on in the custom Edit Menu?
This seems to be a solution but how do I do that. I visited the custom menu editing and did not find any place for doing this
Could you please give me a hint
You be able to keep the standard edit menu (you can duplicate these groups) or use a modified menu group that includes copy and paste since you want that capability anyway.
FileMaker 12 does make this harder to do than FileMaker 11 as 11 includes a set up menu groups that have already been set up as duplicates of those in the standard menu set. In FileMaker 12, you have to carefully created this group by group which can be a significant pain to do.
I re -included the cut,copy and paste items in my custom menu and now everything works Thank you.