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  • Populate one field with another on new record

    Hi all,

    I am trying to get the value of one field to populate another field when I start a new record.

    Example: Start Mileage
    End mileage
    Total Mileage

    I would like to get the value of end mileage to populate Start Mileage when I start a new record.
    Any help would be Appreciated. I know it is something simple I overlooked.

    Thanks :confused:

  • #2
    Re: Populate one field with another on new record

    I doubt if you have field names start mileage and end mileage. It helps to have the actual field names. Suppose you have fields s_miles and e_miles.

    You can make s_miles a calculated field with the expression previous("e_miles"). Alternatively you can create a field rule default expression for s_miles using the same expression.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Populate one field with another on new record

      Alpha has a PREV function. Let's say you have a unique transaction number and you have an index on it called trx_no.
      You could set the default value for the start_miles field to an expression like:


      • #4
        Re: Populate one field with another on new record

        Thanks Stan and John

        I tried it and it works perfectly and btw Stan I do have field as I said.

        This is much easier than Filemaker I am Glad I switched.

        Thanks again

        Harold :)


        • #5
          Re: Populate one field with another on new record

          No, you don't have fields with two word names with a space separating them which is what you originally posted.

          Example: Start Mileage
          End mileage
          Total Mileage
          You may have underscores replacing the spaces but you don't have what you said you have.
          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: Populate one field with another on new record

            Hi Stan

            Ok Your Right they are this way Start_Mileage, End_Mileage, and Total_Mileage