Try clicking a blank area of the layout outside of any portals first and then entering the field with the value list. Does that work?
If so, you need to commit records before entering the field and this can be done via script trigger on the field or fields that you modify before you enter this field.
Kudos. I will try it and let you know. Thank you so very much for your help.
I have been playing around the whole problem believing I was "talented". Reality has caught up with me when I finally gave up and read the manual! (please do not make me feel like a h... Ass)
In fact, the problem is clearly described in the last page of lesson 13 - before the exercises. The problem is that the solution offered there proves yet again my incompetence. I do not understand a thing! H E L P!
“Because of this behavior, if you are using a value list that only shows values from the second field—and you prefer to use a drop-down list rather than a pop-up menu—it is common to place a non-enterable, opaque field directly on top of a field formatted as a drop-down list. The masking field is typically a related field that contains the values displayed as the second field in the value list. Users clicking on the field would activate the hidden field formatted as a drop-down list, and then after making a selection and exiting the field, they would continue to see the data from the second field rather than the key stored in the field itself.”