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Auto-Enter a Serial Number:  How to Add This to Already-Existing Records?

Question asked by jdanniel on Jul 15, 2010
Latest reply on Feb 20, 2011 by CSL

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Auto-Enter a Serial Number:  How to Add This to Already-Existing Records?

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Hello everyone.

I need some help with the Auto-Enter feature, please.   I’m using Filemaker Pro 10.

I’ve created a database that currently has 53 records in it.  Originally, I did not have a serial number field for the records.  I’m trying to add one now, to the already-existing database. 

Here’s what I did:

I created a new field, entitled Serial Number.  It’s a text field.  I then selected Options.  In the Auto-Enter tab, I selected Serial Number.  The next value is 1, increment by 1.

I also selected On Commit, because there are records already created.  Because of this, I assumed the On Creation option wouldn’t work.

But On Commit doesn’t seem to be working, either. 

There is nothing being auto-added to the Serial Number field.  The database is flat-file.  Could that have something to do with the problem?

How do I get serial numbers auto-entered into already-existing records, AND continue to auto-enter when I begin entering new records?

Thank you!   Jd    

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