1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 8, 2012 6:05 AM by GuyStevens

    Fields on a layout

    obidon

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      Fields on a layout

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      Morning

      I am studying FM12 before upgrading from 10.  As part of that exercise, I am reconstructing the Contacts Template that ships with 12.

      At the top of the contact details form, there is a 'field' called "Contact Name Labels".  In this instance, rather than being the traditional field I am used to working with, this has been placed as text and encapsulated in <<  >>.  

      Can somebody tell me what this technique is known as and why its done?

       

      Many thanks

        • 1. Re: Fields on a layout
          GuyStevens

          This is called a merge field.

          You can create one from layout mode by going to "Insert" - "Merge Field"

          Or you first create a text field and then do "Insert" - "Merge Field" (or Crtl - M on windows)

          You can combine a merge field with other text. Like on a letter:

          Dear <<Title>> <<LastName>>

          The down point on a layout is that you can't perform a find on a merge field.

          I always use merge fields to put a calculated FullName field That combines the Firstname and the Lastname on the top of a layout.