Importing table layouts

You can import a table layout that exists as a separate .layout file outside an ACL project, 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 import only one table layout at a time.

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 project, the imported table layout is automatically associated with the data file in the folder. If there is no data file with the same name in the project folder, you need to link the imported table layout to a new data source.

Note

The imported 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 from another ACL project, see Copying table layouts from another ACL project.

To import a table layout:

  1. In the Overview tab of the Navigator, right-click the ACL project entry, or a project folder, and select Import Project Item > Table.

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

  2. In the Project dialog box, locate and select a table layout file (.layout) and click Open.
  3. Click OK in the confirmation dialog box.

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

  4. If you need to link the imported table layout to a new data source, see Modifying data sources for ACL tables.
Related tasks
Copying table layouts
Sharing table layouts
Copying table layouts from another ACL project
Exporting table layouts


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