Have you ever had the need to see the value of a field that
is not displayed on your existing form? Maybe you added the field to the form
and then removed it once it wasn’t needed. Or maybe you added the field to a
form and made it conditionally visible only to you to avoid confusion other
tester or users. I’ve gone as far as adding a brand-new form with multiple “behind
the scenes” fields and then adding the new form as a tab to the main record to
be used during development. I have used all these methods at one point or
another with the intention of displaying fields that are not normally exposed
by the user interface. Once I discovered this tip, I no longer need to resort
to creating or modify existing forms. An easier way to accomplish displaying a
hidden field is to include the field as criteria in an advanced search. Fields that
are included as criteria in an advanced search are automatically included in
the list view that is returned. I frequently use the “Not Equal” or “Is not
Empty” as the comparison operator so as not to impact the records that are
returned but to include the field or fields that I have in question.
This has been helpful for me during development and hopefully
you will find it useful also.
If you have any questions, give us a call, we’re friendly!
-Chet Goodin, Senior Consultant