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Need the ability to paste in a list of values into a parameter in Crystal XI

Need the ability to paste in a list of values into a parameter in Crystal XI

Need the ability to paste in a list of values into a parameter in Crystal XI

(OP)
Good morning. I have a report where I need the ability to paste in multiple values into a parameter prompt. The values will come from a vertical list in a text file and can range from 1 to hundreds so it would be tedious to have to enter these manually. The values will always be alpha/numeric (no special characters).

Here's an example of the list:

ABC0001
ABC3771
1DK3389
BAS3381

Also, users will be using a Crystal viewer to run this report so utilizing a formula isn't an option as they won't have a full version of Crystal XI.

Thanks for any help with this.

RE: Need the ability to paste in a list of values into a parameter in Crystal XI

Are these values from a database field? Why not just dynamically query that field when you create/edit the parameter field?

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RE: Need the ability to paste in a list of values into a parameter in Crystal XI

(OP)
These values are in a database field but I only want to query the values from my external list (see attached screenshot).

RE: Need the ability to paste in a list of values into a parameter in Crystal XI

(OP)
I found a way to do this. First, you create a parameter but don't make it a multi-value parameter. Second, in your record selection, you add something like this:

totext({Database.Field}) in split ({?Parameter},",")

This allows you to paste a list in the parameter, separated by a comma. Just make sure there are no spaces in the list and that there is no trailing comma at the end of the list.

RE: Need the ability to paste in a list of values into a parameter in Crystal XI

If the field is a character field, which it should be given the data you've shared, you don't need the call to ToText() and calling it could slow down your report.

-dell

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