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Remove Link on Lookup Fields

tips & tricks Aug 21, 2023

It's time to put an end to the frustration my friends!

Every now and then I click to open a Quickbase record in a table and inadvertently click on a link that opens the parent record and not the record I was trying to open. πŸ˜‘

This happens because lookup fields have an option to display as a link to the related (parent) record.

And to be perfectly honest... I rarely gave much thought to this default setting or considered if I could change it... until I had enough!

By unchecking the option in the field's properties we can prevent this from happening and confusing ourselves or others πŸ₯³

🚧 Caution: This will also unlink the field on forms, so if you want the best of both worlds, create 2 fields. One with the link for forms and the other without for reports.

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