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  • dropdown list

    I am wanting to put a drop down list. but why can't I add to the list on the fly meaning:

    Instead of having to put all the possible answers in teh list why can't you add to the list with new answers as you go. If i had a list that had cat and dog in it and the next record in that field i was adding to i wanted elephant why can't i do that

  • #2
    RE: dropdown list


    The first drop down list that comes to mind is the simple list lookup, defined in field rules. If this is what you're talking about I don't think the program supports adding new items to the drop down list. The list of values is defined in the field rule, and the field rule cannot be modified 'on the fly' while doing data entry.

    You could use a table lookup field rule instead, storing the new field values in a table, instead of in the field rule.

    If this isn't what you're talking about, please explain further.

    -- tom


    • #3
      RE: dropdown list

      I am in the early stages of learning A5, however I can tell you that Approach has that very feature you are looking for, a field box & list. You can both tigers and gators and the list keeps growing. But I would not leave A5 for a thing like that.


      • #4
        RE: dropdown list

        I'm in v 4 forum (I don't know about v 5) but in the
        field rules under lookup you have a option to use
        'previous values' If you have cat & dog then you can
        add elephant. If you are using the simple list then
        you can't add on the fly. Using the previous values as
        you start typing it will automatically pull up the closes

        Hope this helps



        • #5
          RE: dropdown list

          Jerry, as strange as it may sound I didn't know that's how that feature worked. I suppose Alpha Five is creating the previous values list with a quick scan of the table. Wonder how performance holds up with a bit table?

          -- tom


          • #6
            RE: dropdown list

            Jerry, as strange as it may sound I didn't know that's how that feature worked. I suppose Alpha Five is creating the previous values list with a quick scan of the table. Wonder how performance holds up with a big table?

            -- tom


            • #7
              RE: dropdown list


              I don't know about big tables but I have used it in a few cases in the program that you helped me with last week. The only problem is, if you mispell a word, it stays that way forever. (At least I don't know how to eliminate it.) I also don't konw how large the file is allowed to grow. Perhaps someone out there knows.

              Regards JIm