I am working with an inherited multi-file database and have noticed something curious. Two different ways have been used to display a global related field in a layout:
1. Use "Specify Field..." to point the field instance in the layout to the desired related field.
2. Create a new calculation field in the table used by the layout, and for the calculation, specify only the desired related field. Point the field instance in the layout to this new calculation field.
It seems to be that method #2 is just more time & effort, and maybe even less performance, for no benefit. But am I missing something? Could there be any advantage to method #2? I am planning to convert all #2s to #1s just to streamline things.
Thanks much for any thoughts on this,