Defining automatic data entryTo save time and ensure accuracy, you can set FileMaker Pro to automatically enter data in text, number, date, time, and container fields. For example, FileMaker Pro can enter the current user's name into a field.To set options for automatic data entry:1.With the database open, choose File menu > Manage > Database.Note To set options for fields in Table View, right-click the column heading for the field, then choose Field Options from the shortcut menu.2.In the Manage Database dialog box, click the Fields tab.3.If your database contains more than one table, select the appropriate table from the Table list.4.Select a text, number, date, time, or container field from the list of existing fields, or define a new one.5.Click Options (or double-click the field name).6.In the Options for Field dialog box, click the Auto-Enter tab, then select options for the field.
ToDo thisEnter the record creation date or timeSelect Creation, then choose Date or Time from the list.Enter the record creation date and time (timestamp)Select Creation, then choose Timestamp from the list.Enter the name of the person who creates the recordSelect Creation, then choose Name from the list.Enter the account name that creates the recordSelect Creation, then choose Account Name from the list.Enter the record modification date or timeSelect Modification, then choose Date or Time from the list.Enter the record modification date and time (timestamp)Select Modification, then choose Timestamp from the list.Enter the name of the person who modifies the recordSelect Modification, then choose Name from the list.Enter the account name that modifies the recordSelect Modification, then choose Account Name from the list.Assign a serialized number to the field in each recordSelect Serial number, then:•For Generate, choose On creation to generate serial numbers when records are created.•For Generate, choose On commit to generate serial numbers when records are committed.For next value, type a starting value (like 100), then type the increment in increment by.Enter the value from the same field of the last record you accessedSelect Value from last visited record.Note This value will be from the last record accessed in the table in which this options has been set.Enter data that you specifySelect Data, then type up to 255 characters. Use the keyboard arrow keys to scroll through the text box, if needed.Enter the result of a calculationSelect Calculated value (or click Specify), then enter a calculation.See Defining calculation fields for information about the dialog box.Select Do not replace existing value for field (if any) to prevent overwriting data already present.Enter a value that's copied from a field in a related recordSelect Looked-up value (or click Specify), then define the lookup. See About lookups for more information.Prohibit a user from modifying a value that you have defined to be auto-entered
Select Prohibit modification of value.Turn off automatic data entryClear all selected checkboxes.7.Click OK to close the Options for Field dialog box, or click another tab to set additional field options.Notes•You can also define value lists to save time and ensure accuracy during data entry.•Alternatively, you can specify the auto-complete option for text fields to help ensure accuracy for data entry. For more information, see Setting up a field to auto-complete during data entry.•Your choices in the Options for Field dialog box are limited by the type of field you are defining. For example, you can't choose Creation Date for a time field.•If Creation Name or Modification Name is selected, FileMaker Pro enters the user name shown in the General tab of the Preferences dialog box.•If you select Calculated value, you can edit the field value in Browse mode (if Prohibit modification of value isn't selected). The value is calculated when you create a record, or when one of the referenced fields changes and the destination field is empty. (However, if you select Do not evaluate if all referenced fields are empty in the Specify Calculation dialog box, the value isn't calculated when you create a record and all fields referenced by the calculation are empty. Instead, the value is calculated when one of the referenced fields contains a value.)•Auto-enter calculations can be self-referencing.•To make an auto-enter calculation self-modifying, leave the Do not replace existing value for field (if any) option unchecked.•To auto-enter a calculated value that’s automatically updated and can’t be changed by entering data in the field, define a calculation field.•For information about auto-entered data and FileMaker Pro web publishing, see the online manual, FileMaker Instant Web Publishing Guide, which you can download by choosing Help menu > Product Documentation > Instant Web Publishing Guide.•You can set auto-enter and validation options for external fields for ODBC tables. These field options only affect how you work with these external fields in FileMaker Pro. The options are independent of any options that might be set in the ODBC data source.Related topicsWorking with formulas and functionsAbout choosing a field typeInserting the current date or other variables into a fieldDefining a value list for data entryEntering preset data from a value list
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Select the Notes table in the table drop down.
Doubleclick the field named "text" to open field options.
Click the auto-enter tab.
Clieck the Specify... button next to "Calculated Value"
There you'll find this expression:
TextColor ( TextStyleAdd ( TextSize ( Lower ( TimeStamp_Creation ) & " by " & UserName_Created ; 9 ) ; Italic ) ; RGB ( 136 ; 136 ; 136 ) )& TextSizeRemove ("¶"; 9 )
Which you can edit or delete as you wish. (I'd want to keep this data in the separate fields myself...
Thank you very much for your help David and Phil!