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Adding a newly created field to a layout adds the wrong field

Question asked by dburnham on Nov 27, 2018
Latest reply on Dec 4, 2018 by TSGal

FileMaker Pro Advanced 17 and several previous versions

Mac OS 10.14.1

27" iMacHardware

Here is how to make this happen:

  1. Be in layout mode with a desire to add a field to the layout, a field that does not yet exist
  2. Drag a copy of an existing field, then choose SPECIFY FIELD with right click or the menu command. 
  3. Click the little icon in the lower right corner of the Specify field dialog
  4. Add the new field to the table, click OK
  5. then in the Specify field dialog, SELECT the the new field you just created.
  6. when you then click OK, you will expect to see your new field on the layout, but instead you see the field you originally clicked on.  
  7. Then you have to specify the field again.
  8. The only workaround is to always drag an "empty" field from the status bar instead of making a copy of an existing field, which is more of a nuisance because then you have to apply all the style, hide, font, color, padding and conditional format properties that would otherwise be retained by your making a copy of an existing field.

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