Insert from Last Visited

Pastes data from the last active record into the specified field in the current record or find request.


  • Select entire contents replaces the contents of a field. If you do not select this option, Insert from Last Visited inserts the result at the insertion point or at the end of the field's existing data.

  • Go to target field specifies the field to paste into.


Product Supported
FileMaker Pro Yes
FileMaker Go Yes
FileMaker WebDirect Yes
FileMaker Server Yes
FileMaker Cloud Yes
FileMaker Data API Yes
Custom Web Publishing Yes

Originated in version 

6.0 or earlier


Use this script step to ensure consistency and automate data entry. The active record is the last record where FileMaker Pro performed some activity, such as pasting text or moving into a field with the Go to Field script step.


  • If the specified field does not exist on the layout where the script is being performed, Insert from Last Visited returns an error code which can be captured with the Get(LastError) function.

  • If you manually select field data before you run this script step in FileMaker WebDirect, the script step performs as if you did not make a selection. To select field data before you run this script step in FileMaker WebDirect, use the Set Selection script step.

Example 1 

Creates a new record and inserts the customer name from the last record that was viewed.

New Record/Request
Insert from Last Visited [Invoices::Customer Name]

Example 2 

Inserts the value from the Customer Name field of the last visited record into a find request, pauses for the user to make modifications, then performs the find.

Enter Find Mode [Pause: Off]
Insert from Last Visited [Invoices::Customer Name]
Pause/Resume Script [Indefinitely]
Perform Find [ ]