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Last post 01-22-2013 01:29 PM by Metron4. 2 replies.
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  • 01-16-2013 10:55 AM

    Best Practice for Data Source?


    I am learning how to create InfoPath forms connected to my Access Web Database which is published to a SharePoint site. When I am looking to create Data Connections, is it better to connect to the Access database stored on a network drive, or to the SharePoint Lists linked to the same database? Our users must be able to see the connected data in the forms, so I would think SharePoint Lists is the best option. However, I am having trouble understanding how to make SharePoint lookup columns in my list display the value I want instead of the ID value coming from the parent list.

    For example, I have a form that is meant to pull data from the Projects list to pre-populate the form on Form Load. But the lookup columns in Projects just show ID numbers instead of the display value.



  • 01-21-2013 03:45 PM In reply to

    Re: Best Practice for Data Source?

    Hi - you can add another secondary data connection to your Projects list and then use a calculated value or expression box to display the Project title instead of the ID. I found a blog post on this that may help you.
    Hilary Stoupa

  • 01-22-2013 01:29 PM In reply to

    Re: Best Practice for Data Source?

     Thank you. That link was very helpful.

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