Copying table layouts from another ACL project

You can copy a table layout from one ACL project to another, which allows you to reuse the table layout, and the field definitions it contains, rather than creating it from scratch. In addition to saving labor, reusing table layouts, or sharing them with other ACL users, ensures consistency. You can copy a single table layout, or multiple table layouts simultaneously.

If a table layout specifies an association with a particular ACL data file (.fil), and a data file of the same name exists in the folder containing the destination ACL project, the copied table layout is automatically associated with the data file in the destination folder. If there is no data file with the same name in the destination folder, you need to link the copied table layout to a new data source.

Note

The copied table layout and the data file it is associated with must match – that is, the structure of the data in the data file must match the field definitions specified by the table layout. Data structure refers to the data elements (fields) contained in a data file, the number and order of the fields, and the data type and length of the fields. If the table layout and the data file do not match, jumbled or missing data results.

If you want to import a table layout that exists as a separate file outside an ACL project, see Importing table layouts.

To copy a table layout from another ACL project:

  1. Open the project that will contain the copied table layout or table layouts.
  2. In the Overview tab of the Navigator, right-click the ACL project entry, or a project folder, and select Copy from another Project > Table.

    The ACL project is the top-level folder in the treeview.

  3. In the Locate Project File dialog box, locate and select the ACL project you want to copy the table layout or table layouts from and click Open.
  4. In the Import dialog box, complete any of the following tasks to add one or more table layouts to the To project_name list:
    • Double-click a table layout.

    • Ctrl+click multiple table layouts and then click the right-arrow button.

    • Click Add All to add all the table layouts.

    You can remove table layouts from the To project_name list by double-clicking an individual table layout, by using Ctrl+click to select multiple table layouts and then clicking the left-arrow button, or by clicking Clear All.

  5. Click OK to copy the table layout or table layouts into the destination project.

    If a table layout with the same name already exists in the project, the copied table layout is given an incrementing numeric suffix.

  6. If you need to link the copied table layout to a new data source, see Modifying data sources for ACL tables.
Related tasks
Copying table layouts
Sharing table layouts
Importing table layouts
Exporting table layouts


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