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Chapter 9. Defining Fields > Using Repeating Fields

Using Repeating Fields

Repeating fields let you create a single field that accommodates more than one value—saving you the trouble of creating multiple fields that might not always be needed. A quick-and-dirty explanation for formatting repeating fields is included in this section. But to get a fuller sense of your formatting options see Creating Layouts on page 129.

To define a repeating field:

1.
Choose File > Define Fields ( in Windows, on the Mac). When the Define Fields dialog box appears, double-click the name of the field you want to define as repeating (Figure 9.25).

Figure 9.25. To define a repeating field, double-click the field's name in the Define Fields dialog box or select it and click Options.


2.
When the Options for Field dialog box appears, click the Storage tab, and choose the Repeating field with a maximum of __ repetitions checkbox (Figure 9.26). Fill in the blank with the number of repetitions you want and click OK.

Figure 9.26. Within the Options for Field dialog box, click the Storage tab, check Repeating field…, and type in how many times you want the field repeated.


3.
The Define Fields dialog box will reappear; click Done. Though you've now defined the field as repeating, its display will not change until you change the layout. See To format a repeating field on the next page for a quick rundown. For more information, see Creating Layouts on page 129.


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