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  1. I'm sure I've already surpassed the list of free requests, and appreciate all of the feedback you've given me. And while I don't think that this version of the layout will work for me, I'm trying to see how much I can decipher and incorporate into a layout more suitable for what I need. I'm still not 100% clear on what an orderID or recordID is used for, other than referencing specific orders or line items in related tables. In other words, if the record ID is the same for the first line item in what I like to call supplier 1 and supplier 2, how does that affect the results? I'm trying to
  2. When I add the ID numbers, which adds suppliers, and then try to enter items below, the items aren't visible once I leave the Selected Supplier Order Items fields. I can add additional items to the first record you created, but not new ones. Before this goes any further, there's never a need for more than two suppliers on any order, and even that might only occur in 1 out of 25 orders, in case that would change the reason you suggested doing it this way.
  3. Please allow me to explain myself..... (inside (file) joke) Before I make any comments about the design, I want to check that the file is working correctly, unless I don't understand the way it's constructed. When I add a new record and go to the order entry layout, how, or where, do I add a supplier contact? I can't select the field for ASI, which used to enter the supplier information, and the information added to the order items section on the Line Items table, disappears as soon as I leave the order items section. Also, since two suppliers per order is the most that I would
  4. Please let me know if you can tell anything from this or need any additional information. It's heavily edited and I hope I didn't delete too much. Thanks. Sample_of_2_Suppliers.fp7.zip
  5. I can't believe how many times I could have used this script in the past. It might be simple, but with the addition of the final step, Enter Preview Mode, it's a great tip. Thanks.
  6. I redid my file and have everything working pretty smoothly, except I ran into one small problem. Occasionally I have to do a two part order so I have two sets of fields on my order form for Supplier 1 and Supplier 2. When I just enter info into the Supplier 1 fields, the Line Items table assigns an Order ID to the entire order, and a Record ID to each line item. But when I also enter info into the Supplier 2 fields, it assigns the same Order ID, which makes sense, but it also references the same Record ID for each line item as it did in Supplier 1. In other words, if there are 4 line ite
  7. It's not a question of putting it off. I decided it wasn't necessary to convert the records in the existing file since I'm not having any any problems with it. It's just a matter of making some changes to the way I do things in the future, at the suggestion of several forumites. I'll create a new file with the use of portals, and when it's ready, start filling it with new records.
  8. How about .... eliminating the use of any repeating fields in the future and replacing them with the use of portals as suggested?
  9. After experimenting with this, I realized that splitting the records with existing repeating fields is going to be a lot more work than I want to do right now, and I won't get much benefit from doing so. I think I'd rather spend the time revising the current file by eliminating any repeating fields and converting them to portals, and will start with a new file for future orders. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions, so don't go anywhere.
  10. I have a number of calculations on various layouts so I can look at information several different ways. At first I wasn't sure which table to reference to create certain calculations because of the portal, but it's starting to make sense. Splitting them isn't the problem - it's getting them to show up in the portal. This is the first I've worked with Primary IDs, parent tables and child tables, and I haven't found a reference in the Users Guide to understand the terms better. I'm trying to use the example you posted to understand what I need to do so after the fields are split th
  11. I did a search on the forum and found some tips for importing and splitting the repeats. I've done this before, but only to separate records with repeating fields into individual records, and other than some extra steps it looks like a very similar process. If necessary, I don't really have a problem finishing the year with the file using repeating fields and starting one with portals after that. I'm getting a better understanding of how portals are used, thanks to your example, but having to redo the calculation fields is taking me longer than redoing the layouts with portals. Good thin
  12. Very much so. I've been working on a copy of my current file - no fool am I - and while it's a little slow going, using your example file is a great help to getting it set up. Two things: Is there any problem with me not using an auto enter OrderID, or is that just a user option you built into your file? I'm asking because I have my own system of order numbers, and from a little experimenting it seems like it would accomplish the same thing. Is there an easy way, or any way, to transfer the information in the existing records that used repeating fields to portals? If not, i
  13. It looks like every time that a new line item is added to the portal in the Orders table, it creates a new record in the Line Items table. There could be 4 records in the Orders table, but a completely different number of records in the Line Items table, determined by the number of individual line item entries. It almost looks like the Line Items table is acting as some type of storage area for the data, and maybe that's all it is. The OrderID seems to tie together all the entries in the Line Items table to the related record in the Orders table so that several items share the same Order
  14. Thanks. I can see what you've done in the new file, but of course I'd like to know what it's doing, and the purpose of both the OrderID and Line Items Table. If I'm going to make changes, I prefer knowing how something works, in case there's no one around to ask for help in the middle of the night. Also, since I have dozens of calculations based on the layouts with repeating fields, wouldn't they all have to be rewritten if a portal is substituted? The fact is, I've been using the repeating fields for years, and haven't encountered any problems that I'm aware of, but then again, at this p
  15. Yes I did. There's a portal with one active row in the Order Entry table, that's related to a Line Items table. I can't enter any info directly in the Orders Table, but even when entering data in the Line Items table, it doesn't appear in the Order Entry table portal. I appreciate the help with the file, but I'm not sure how to use it yet.
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