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ChaitaliDamani's avatar
Qrew Member
5 months ago

Creating a Unique Identifier

Is it possible to create a unique identifier? For example, there is a field in the parent table called "Position Number" and a reference field in the child table. When someone adds a new record for that particular position number in the child table, which is a vacancy tracker, I want to create a unique identifier using a combination of the Position Number from the parent table (which is also a key field), +current year, and the number of records attached to that identifier in the child table on QuickBase.


If the Position Number is 12345, the unique identifier should be 12345-2023-01 for the first related record, 12345-2024-02 for the second related record, and so on.

Chaitali Damani

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  • Yes - the general idea is that you create a formula-text field in your child table that builds the presumptive identifier and then on the form you use a form rule that pushes the value of your formula into the key field. So your formula would be something like: 

    [Position Number] & "-" & Year(Today()) & "-" & ([Current Year Children] + 1)

    The missing part is that you'll need to create a summary field between your parent and child that counts the # of records created this year so far. You then add that back as a lookup field into your child. So lets say in 2023, you've created (2) children so far that exist in QB. When you make this formula then - the formula would have the value of 2 represented by [Current Year Children] - so add 1 to that in your string and you get 3. 

    Then in your form rule you essentially make a rule that says when Key Field does not equal your formula and Date Created is blank - change the value of Key field to the formula. Uncheck the box that says to fire only on change and it keeps changing if you reset the parent as a failsafe. You need the date created piece to make sure that it doesn't try resetting once you've saved. 

    Chayce Duncan