Use copy/paste to make new documents

Use copy/paste to let users make a new document from an old one.

If you have a request type database that has some of the same data on several documents, this can save your users from having to put in the same data each time. Use two hidden fields on a form and Postmodechange to find it is a copied document. Then, reset fields as necessary for the application.


At the top of the form; make two fields which will be hidden:

"DocUniqueID" which is a Computed field with value: @Text(@DocumentUniqueID)
"UniqueID" which is an Editable Text field with default value: @Text(@DocumentUniqueID)

REM 'Query if this is new document on the "UniqueID" field with'

Input Translation: @If(UniqueID = DocUniqueID;"";@Prompt([OK];"test";"This is a copy document")); DocUniqueID

REM 'Start the Query if this is a new document with'

On the form Postmodechange: @If(@IsDocBeingEdited = 1; @Command([ViewRefreshFields]);"")

Replace the @Prompt() with @Do(...) to change as many fields as needed.

I have reset as many as 85 fields out of 120+ on a request form. This lets users only type in the necessary data for the new documents and they really like this.

This was first published in September 2001

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