2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 24, 2012 8:26 AM by philmodjunk

    Auto updating fields

    AngeloTee

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      Auto updating fields

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           I have a list of customers in the database, currently in the "Company Name" field, displayed in the drop down list.

           When i received a new order for a diffrent product, I would like to be able to have the common field names such as Tel no, Contact Name, Job Title, email address etc automatically displayed in these respective fields when i select a an existing company from the drop down list when creating a new record.

           Can someone kindly assist please.

            

            

        • 1. Re: Auto updating fields
          Sorbsbuster

               Do you have an Order Table and a Company Table (with your customers' details)?

               You can create a relationship between the Order Table and The Company Table, using the identifier Company Name as the match field.  Then in the Order Layout you can set the fields of address, phone, etc from that relationship.

               If you get that to work it will show you the principle.  But it is not good practice to use 'Names' as a match field.  You should really give each Company Record a unique ID Number, and use that to match with - even though the user only ever sees the Company Name.

          • 2. Re: Auto updating fields
            philmodjunk

                 There is more than one way to get data from a related table to appear when you select your value. (And as Sorbsbuster recommends, it should be an ID number that links the two records, not the name field.)

                 Here's a link that describes the two basic approach. Which is best for your system depends on how you need to use this data:  Auto Fill