My sympathies and a 1000 fields sounds like a really difficult to work with table design (maybe that's why you're importing data here.). There is no way to do that with the current Filemaker as far as I know and an improvement in this area would be welcome. http://www.filemaker.com/company/feature_request.html
Thanks for the reply. I am surprised that this feature hasn't been addressed before, I would have thought that it would be fairly common issue for importing old databases. I guess I have to just hunker down and get it done.
Yes, FileMaker should provide this feature natively. However, the best investment you can make would be:
One of the great features of Developer Assistant is how I can go to ANY FM window (import, export, field definitions, calculations, scripts ... all of them) and type the first few letters and it will jump to that item. Then I simply double-click to select and insert the item or click [next] for it to jump to the next matching item.
It has sped up our development work and removed that great frustration of searching through fields.
Thanks LaRetta, that does looks like a great plug-in. I am going to give it a trial run before I purchase.