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Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

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Posts: 4
Country: Canada

Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

In Layout Designer,
       1. I copied (by dragging my mouse from one end to another end diagnolly within the tab) some custom fields (fields that I    
           created) from a tab that I created in a custom Contacts layout,
       2. I then opened a custom Groups layout that I previously created in Layout Designer,
       3. I created a new custom tab and then pasted the fields.
What I got was all of the look, not only the text labels but also grey boxes as I had laid them out in the cusom Contacts tab.
NOW what I find perculiar is the fact that when I double click the aforementioed grey boxes within the Layout Designer I am prompted to choose from the Contacts fields that I created and NOT the Groups fields. However, when I click a new field within the Layout Designer and drag it onto my new custom tab within the custom Groups layout I am prompted to enter Groups fields.

Is this a bug?
Why is this cross-over happening?
What will happen if I choose to use the Contacts fields within the Groups fields?
Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,484
Country: Australia

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

You can't add Contact fields to the Group layout ... you'd need to create Group fields.

Copying them in the Layout won't work (as you've seen) because the Group can only see Group fields
New Member
Posts: 4
Country: Canada

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

No, quite the opposite. As I mentioned, in Layout Designer within Groups layout, on my custom tab that I copied information from the Contacts layout, when double clicking the grey boxes (pasted from my copy), I am only allowed to choose from the Contacts fields and not the Groups fields. Only when do I select a new field within the Groups Layout Designer and not the double clicking the grey pasted boxes do I have access to the Groups fields only.

Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,484
Country: Australia

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

It'll be because the XML in those fields will think they are Contact fields. You need to re-create them in the groups layout unless you want to try and play with the XML
New Member
Posts: 6
Country: USA

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

I'm having the same problems, but I copied the tab layout from the basic contact layout 1024x768 view to the basic contact layout 1366x768 view. Any updates on making the boxes not grayed out? 

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Posts: 451
Country: United_Kingdom

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

Hi Zoe,

 

There should be no issue with copying fields from Contact layout to Contact Layout as the fields will be pulled from the same place.

Would you be able to advise on the version of Act that you are using? and the steps you have taken to see the boxes go greyed out.

 

New Member
Posts: 6
Country: USA

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

Nevermind, I figured it out

Moderator
Posts: 451
Country: United_Kingdom

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

Hi Zoe,

 

Would you mind posting how you managed to resolve this, as it may help other users.

New Member
Posts: 6
Country: USA

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

I double clicked on each of the boxes, while I was in Contact - Design Layout. Then I double clicked on each of the field that these boxes were supposed to represent, before hitting cancel on the popup box.

Copper Contributor
Posts: 11
Country: United_Kingdom

Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab

Hi Dan

The discussion below between you and Zoe happened July last year.   I'm perplexed as to how it's possible to drag fields from one layout to a different layout.  If you change to a different layout, all the fields go with it.   The fields tab also is bespoke to each individual layout.   How was this done?  I've found myself obsessed with layouts and built several when I was messing about.   I want to put the best of the different versions into one final layout.  But I have no clue how to do that, without taking a screenshot of various elements of different layouts, clicking on F4 to get all the dimensions and positions, then recreating every fragment.   The amount of time that would take would be at least a day and not worth it.  How can I do it simply by dragging the fields from one contact layout to another as it seems can be done in your response below?

Thanks
Alison

 

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Re: Copy fields and layout from a custom Contacts tab to a custom Groups Tab
‎07-14-2017 02:44 AM

Hi Zoe,

There should be no issue with copying fields from Contact layout to Contact Layout as the fields will be pulled from the same place.

Would you be able to advise on the version of Act that you are using? and the steps you have taken to see the boxes go greyed out.