Link To The Previously Created FileMaker Record

From Dwayne Wright PMP
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FileMaker doesn’t have a built in way to always go to the previously created record. You can go to a previously viewed record or the previous record in the found set. This may or may not represent the same order in which records were created. Here is a way to script a method of going back to the previously created record. This can be helpful in script loops that have to take a creation order timeline into consideration.

  • Have a primary key in number format
  • Have a calculation field that takes the current primary key data minus 1
  • Create a self relationship between the two fields (previous to current)

This gives you a relationship from the current record to the previously created record regardless of the sort order. You can then use either a GTRR action or the Go To Record via a calculated value script step.

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