The steps described below discuss the three cell-naming techniques previously discussed. The examples are intended to illustrate and reiterate what you have learned, not to offer still more alternatives.

   Perhaps you have a form in Excel with which you already capture data. Terrific. Now you can automate it for use with Pathagoras (Word).

The steps here are similar to the above 'from scratch' instructions, but you want to make sure that the names of the cells match the names in your IDB mask.

Manually: With a printed list of your variables in hand, manually name the appropriate cells with names of the variables. See this link for how to manually name a single cell.

We presume, since you are using an existing form, that descriptive names already reside in the cells adjacent (above, below, to the left or to the right) of the cell(s) that you have named and which will contain the value(s) for the variables you will transfer into the Instant Database system. If the descriptive names are themselves 'boring', consider the below Tip.

tipIf the labels or descriptions that tell the end user what goes into the adjacent cell are simply a 'repeat' of the  variable name, consider adding a more descriptive term. If you had ClientName in Column A as the lead in for naming the cell in Column B, once the cell is named, you can change the value in Column A to something quite meaningful and useful, perhaps: "Insert Client's Full Name Here:". Be sure to consider who is actually going to be completing the form. If you are sending the form to the client for him or her to complete, "Insert Your Full Name Here:"

   Click the cell you want to name and then click a name from the drop down list. Pathagoras will present 4 choices reflecting the 4 ways that you may wish to use this variable.

   Click in to the column immediately to the right of the one you just modified. click the same variable from the dropdown list, but this time, choose the <Insert as Cell Name> option. If the variable contains 'illegal' characters for cell-naming purposes (see Cell Naming Rules

   See Naming rules below, however.

 

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