There is not a built in option to recover deleted records. That is a good reason to make regular backups. You should copy the live database (Save a Copy As) and make your changes to the backup copy. I usually make more than one copy. Once you have complete your modifications then you take the live database offline and import the data into the new modified databases. You would make a blank copy of new database and import from old live databases then put the new database on line.
See PhilModJunks Link on Saving Sequential backups.
To add records via a portal you have to check a box in the relationship graph to allow creations of records via this relationship.
Click Manage, Database, Relationship tab, then find the relationship that your portal is based on then click the relational operator. (Examples [=],[X]) then click allow creations of records via this relationship.
Thanks for your reply.
On closer examination I discovered that all the data and associated records I had previously thought deleted are still there but hiding in the database without the appropriate portal to show them.
They are just hiding because I screwed up and deleted all but the first row of the donations portal i had for all those donations records. So its just the oldest donation that shows. The field i created which totaled all the donation ID records is still working. it was not part of the portal tho.
All i have to do is figure out how to put back the additional windows of the portal I had deleted. It was creating a new one and sorting ascending by date. I've tried multiple stabs in the dark, making xtra copies of the database each time of course-just in case.
Make any sense? Ideas? Or S_Chamblee recommendation still stands?
Thanks for any wisdom.
Records are displayed in a portal based on a relationship. There be a few reason why not displaying. The records are not linked, the relationship is incomplete or the record is deleted. You can just delete a portal row, so you could have just delete part of the records. If you have a layout of all your donations, then go to that layout and enter find mode and seach for a donor, then scoll thru those records and see if they are all there. If they are I would say the relationship is broke, if not then I would guess that they have been deleted. If you don't have a layout of just donations, then create one. You will have to search the donation layout based on the relationship field. Which if this field is blank and other fields are not, this would mean the relationship is broke and you would have to relink to the parent record.