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  • Drop Down List Problem

    I have searched for answers on this but can't seem to find any. I have a Shipper ID drop down listing my Dispatch Database tied to a lookup field in my Customer database. When entering the field the drop down list pops up but I can only scroll to the customer and I want to be able to start typing their number to get to the correct record rater than scrolling. Is there any way to accomplish this?

    RJ

  • #2
    Re: Drop Down List Problem

    I think that's known as a progressive or dynamic lookup. discussed before, you might want to search. Also take at the AlphaSports sample database, customer information form, Find by Lastname.
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: Drop Down List Problem

      Not being sure what context and tools you are using, so all I can suggest is look for a combo dropdown
      On a form it would be "Record List-edit combo box"

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      • #4
        Re: Drop Down List Problem

        Originally posted by Ray in Capetown View Post
        Not being sure what context and tools you are using, so all I can suggest is look for a combo dropdown
        On a form it would be "Record List-edit combo box"
        I have the lookup defined in the table field rules so I just kind of expected that with just s little tweaking I could get the auto suggest to work. I am unsure if I need to define something at the form level or not. I have a customer table, a driver table and a dispatch table. The dispatch table is the main information table that lookup records from both the driver and customer tables in order to fill out the information needed for our customers freight move. So the lookup tables we defined at the table field rule level. Should I have done this differently? I am coming from programming in MS Access so things are a bit different for me.

        Thanks,
        RJ

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        • #5
          Re: Drop Down List Problem

          Auto suggest as you put it works on the field you define as the look-up which would be the field defined on the first "Source" line. That line also has to be set as visible.

          In your case to zero in on a customer by customer number you would need the customer number on the first source line and set as visible.

          Another way is to not set the look up as a drop down. This will then allow searching, filtering and zeroing in on any visible field defined in the table look up by just clicking in the filed on the form, then when the pop-up displays, click the column name of the field you want to search and start typing. That will start a a query by.

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          • #6
            Re: Drop Down List Problem

            Originally posted by preston2 View Post
            Another way is to not set the look up as a drop down. This will then allow searching, filtering and zeroing in on any visible field defined in the table look up by just clicking in the filed on the form, then when the pop-up displays, click the column name of the field you want to search and start typing. That will start a a query by.
            May qualify as the most confusing sentence I have ever read.

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            • #7
              Re: Drop Down List Problem

              Well the Customer ID is set to visible. So I will try the other suggestion. Hopefully I can get my punch list out of the way soon. The database is working very well. Programmed all the things that I always wish I had but couldn't get Access to do or do properly. These last few tweaks will set it apart. Thanks. - RJ

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              • #8
                Re: Drop Down List Problem

                Originally posted by preston2 View Post
                Auto suggest as you put it works on the field you define as the look-up which would be the field defined on the first "Source" line. That line also has to be set as visible.

                In your case to zero in on a customer by customer number you would need the customer number on the first source line and set as visible.

                Another way is to not set the look up as a drop down. This will then allow searching, filtering and zeroing in on any visible field defined in the table look up by just clicking in the filed on the form, then when the pop-up displays, click the column name of the field you want to search and start typing. That will start a a query by.
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                Well that worked! Not quite what I was aiming for but it works better as it is more versatile. Thank you for your help. - RJ

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                • #9
                  Re: Drop Down List Problem

                  Ray,

                  I guess I've been hanging around Dave too long, cause it makes perfect sense to me (mostly)! <grin>

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                  • #10
                    Re: Drop Down List Problem

                    It helped to stay focused on the fact they were talking about a lookup field rule. Perhaps Ray was still on his record list-edit combo box...? ;)
                    Robin

                    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                    • #11
                      Re: Drop Down List Problem

                      Since y'all get it I must be too literal. I also know little about table lookup fieldrules.
                      Apologies Clifton.
                      Oops, Preston!
                      Last edited by Ray in Capetown; 01-21-2015, 02:44 AM. Reason: Preston

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