4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 23, 2015 12:24 PM by nancyf

    Performing find on URL field

    nancyf

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      Performing find on URL field

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      I need to search on a URL field for all records matching specific criteria....is that possible.  when I do a "find" the URL field is gray not allowing me to search.

        • 1. Re: Performing find on URL field
          philmodjunk

          Technically, there is no such thing as a "URL" field in FileMaker. This would apparently be a field of type text or a calculation field with (hopefully) a text result type specified.

          Performing a find on such a field should be just as searchable as any other text field, but layout design details might prevent you from doing so--as is the case for any text field.

          Does "not allowing me to search" mean that you can't put the cursor into the field when in find mode?

          Such would be the case for a field with global storage specified or if field access is not permitted when in Find Mode--an option that can be specified on the data tab of the inspector.

          • 2. Re: Performing find on URL field
            nancyf

            The URL field is a “container” field that opens up another  file, usually a pdf.

             

             

             

            In the find mode, it does not allow the cursor to type into it.  Was hoping there was another way to search…for instance, for all files “E12-“

             

            • 3. Re: Performing find on URL field
              philmodjunk

              Correct, you cannot enter search criteria into a container field.

              But a calculation field defined as GetAsText ( containerField ) will return the text that is part of the data stored in a container field. This would include the file name and would be searchable.

              • 4. Re: Performing find on URL field
                nancyf

                many thanks...that worked perfectly.