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Chapter 3. Layout Enhancements > Creating Field Masks

Creating Field Masks

Many database programs have the ability to format data like phone numbers automatically. If you enter 2125551234 in the phone field, you'll see (212) 555-1234 instead. FileMaker Pro 7 does not offer this feature, but you can mimic it in a layout. If you place a locked, formatted display field directly over an unlocked entry field, you mask the bottom field but still leave it active. Connect the two fields with a calculation, and whatever value you enter displays properly in the field above it.


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