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Chapter 3. Layout Enhancements > Entering Data in a Standard Layout

Entering Data in a Standard Layout

Although you or someone else will have to type in most of the data for a FileMaker database, there a few ways to streamline the process. Not only will these shortcuts speed up data entry, but they will also help eliminate typing errors. Two of the most useful shortcuts are the Insert > From Index command and the Value list.

To use Insert > From Index, you'll first need a field whose options have been set to index its records. When you set a field to be indexed, FileMaker keeps track of the data every time you add a record to the field. Then, when you search for data, it checks the index rather than looking up the records themselves.


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