Using a List of Values
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Choosing a Value from a List
To choose a value within a field with three dots as shown here , select the dots and the List of Values window appears.
Once you choose a value, the list window closes and inserts the value into the current field. To close a list window without choosing a value, select Cancel.
Using the list of values feature called AutoSelection you can select a valid name from the list with a single keystroke. When you display the list window, you can type the first character of the name you want in the Find field. If only one choice begins with the character you enter, AutoSelection selects the choice, closes the list window, and enters the value in the appropriate field.
You can use the AutoReduction feature to reduce a list when you know the first few characters of your name selection. If you do not know the initial characters of your choice, but do know that your choice contains a certain word or set of characters, you can perform a list search to reduce a list.
In the list window, enter any group of characters as search criterion in the Find field and click the Find button. You can use wildcard characters such as the percent sign (%) which represents any number of characters, or an underline (_), which represents a single character in your search criterion.
For example, to reduce a list to only those choices that contain the phrase “schedule,” you would type %schedule% in the Find field and click Find. In any of these list search queries, it does not matter whether you use uppercase or lowercase letters as the search is not case sensitive.
If a field has a “long-list”—that is, a list of more than 100 values—IS Applications will display the Enter Reduction Criteria for Long List window when you try to display the LOV.
Because it takes less time to display a reduced list than a complete long-list, IS Applications prompts you to enter the first few characters that occur in your value of interest to reduce the complete list. However, to view the entire long-list, enter the percent sign (%) at the prompt and all of the values will be displayed.
Note: To avoid excessive network traffic and reduced performance, try to enter specific criteria, other than just a percent sign (%), whenever possible.
The Power List feature provides an even faster method of data entry. If a field displays an ellipse indicating a list is available and you know the value you want, simply enter the first few characters of the value in the field and press [Tab]. Power List will complete the entry for you. You can also include wildcard characters with your entry. You do not need to display the list window. If more than one value matches the characters you specify, a list window containing those values is displayed. If no values match the characters you enter, a list window containing all the values appears.
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