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Use System Macro in Phone to find a client record in another Database

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I wanted to look up a customer phone number and quickly pull up the corresponding "folder" of information for that client. I created a client profile in the database application. I included name, address, last contact date, activity report, etc.. Then I wrote a system macro that would take me from the Phone Book name to the client's information in the Database application. The macro looks like this (single line, no carriage return):

{Enter}{Copy}{F10}{Database}

{F4}{Paste}{F10}{Enter}

You can create a system macro by opening the Macro application and entering the above code into the Contents field of an empty macro. You can also create a macro on the fly, recording the keys as you press them. For more information on creating system macros, see "System Macros" in the index of your HP Palmtop User's Guide.

The above macro is assigned to a function key. Whenever I want to activate it I press (Fn) and the function key. An example will clarify this. Let's say I assigned the above macro to F1. I open my PhoneBook, highlight the desired name in the All Items list and press (Fn)-(F1). Here's what the macro does, step by step:

{Enter} -- Opens the individual item screen. The Name information is highlighted.

{Copy} -- Copies the Name information to the HP Palmtop clipboard.

{F10} -- Closes the individual item screen in the PhoneBook.

{Database} Opens the Database application.

{F4} Activates the Find function.

{Paste} -- Copies the name information into the Find screen.

{F10} -- Starts the Find search and goes to the desired item in the Database All Items view.

{Enter} -- Opens the Individual Item view and shows me the client's profile.

Steve Michell

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