Copy Previous Field


The Copy Previous Field action copies the value for the corresponding field in the previous record. For repetitive data entry, this action is handy when there are duplicate fields. For example, entering records for multiple people at the same company, might involve the same address repeatedly. This action lets the user easily copy the information.

You must be in Enter mode before copy data. For this, you may use the Enter New Record action.


  1. Make a selection in the Change the field from the previous record in which Form/Browse field. This field will be grayed out unless this action is based on a Form or Browse. The choices are:

    • "Current Form or Browse Window".

    • "Another Form or Browse Window".

  2. If you selected "Another Form or Browse Window", in the Window Name field select either:

    • "Forms"

    • "Browses"

  3. Select one of the listed forms or browses.

  4. If you selected a form in step 3, optionally select whether you are working with the form ( Parent Level ) or with an Embedded Layout.

  5. If you selected "Embedded Layout" in step 4, click the 'down arrow' button to select an embedded form or browse.

  6. Make a selection from the Copy field from which "previous" record? list. The options are:

    • "Copy the field from previously viewed record"

    • "Copy the field from the last physical record"

    • "Copy the field from the last record in the current index/query order"

  7. Click Next >.

  8. Optionally modify the comment that describes the action.

  9. Click Finish.

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