04-18-2012 09:17 AM
If it were as easy as recalling that folder and the cly file, why wouldn't this custom layout show up in my database layout folder? I see the other layouts, just not a custom layout. When we copied all the data over from the old server, wouldn't it have been copied over with the other files? Again, I am seeing the fields in the "Define Fields" table. Also, when I bring up the "Design Layout Toolbox, I don't see those fields as a selection.
04-18-2012 11:48 AM
If you see the fields in Design mode, but don't see them when you are designing the layout, that is suggesting that they are already on your layout somewhere.
04-18-2012 02:41 PM
04-20-2012 07:12 AM
Thanks guys for answering all these questions... I know how to design a new layout, but how can I be sure that the fields in the new layout will show the data for those fields that is already present in the database? Is there a way to go in and re-link that data to the new fields? And when I redesign the layout, do I simply go into "Tools", then "Design Layouts" and "Contsct", and get after it? I want to make sure that after all the effort to design the layout again is not wasted. Thanks again!
04-20-2012 07:17 AM
Layouts are simply structures for the presentation of your underlying data. No need to relink anything.
04-21-2012 06:19 AM
If you fields are in fact in the database as you describe, and if there is not some bizarre thing going on with the database that has not been uncovered, creating a new layout should not be a problem.
For that matter, if you have the old custom layout and you open it in the layout designer, you should see the custom fields still there, it's just that they are no defined as to what data they should display - it is as if they are empty containers.
If it is easier to update the existing layout than creating a new one, open the current one that is "broken", save it to a new name just to be safe, open the properties tool bar in the designer (from the View menu select Properties Window).
Click the first field that you need to "link". In the properties strip on the right, in the Date | Field Value property, select the correct field.
Repeat for the remaining custom fields.
Save the layout when done.
You should now have a correctly functioning layout with your custom data.
04-21-2012 08:19 AM
Thanks to all of you! I put together the puzzle and have recovered the fields. How can I make sure that this layout is indeed saved? I wouldn't mind storing this layout in case we ever run into this problem again. Again, thanks for your support!
04-21-2012 10:32 AM
If you took Scott's suggestion and renamed the layout after making the changes, you should see it and the original (and a few others) in the Layouts drop-down menu on your Contacts screen.
The physical layout file can be found in the Layouts directory for your database.