Insert a Record

Note: A new record is immediately padded to its maximum length with the character you specify in the Preferences section.
  1. In the Data File Tools window, ensure you have a data file open.
  2. Right-click the required record, then select Insert Record Before or Insert Record After, as appropriate.
    Note: If the file currently has no records or is an indexed file, select Insert Record.

    If you are inserting a record into a data file that is using a structure file, the Select a Record Layout dialog box appears.

  3. Click and select the required layout to use to complete the record details.
    Note: This does not necessarily have to be the record layout that the record will use once part of the data file.

    The green bar indicates where the record will be inserted.

    The editor switches to Insert mode, as indicated in the status bar.

  4. If the data file is unformatted (that is, not using a record layout), type the new record text in the free-text editing field in the bottom pane, then press Enter; the padding characters are overwritten as you type.

    For files with variable record lengths that are not using a layout, the length of any new record is set to the file's maximum record length by default. You can change the length of the record (within the minimum and maximum boundaries) by using (Edit Record Length); any new record length is set for the current record only.

  5. If the data file is formatted, type the new record text in the layout fields, pressing Enter to move to the next field.
  6. Click (Save Record) to save the record. The new record is inserted.