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Form identifiers are the three-character codes for forms in Chris21. Form identifiers are handy because you can use them with the F6 option when you want to navigate to a new form. This means you don’t have to know exactly where on the menu the form sits.

Every form has an identifier, for instance, the Details form is DET. You will know many of the common ones because you use them so often. I’m thinking POS, PDT, SMN, ADR, etc. But what about those times when you want to navigate to a form, but you don’t know the identifier? You can waste a lot of time searching through the main menu looking for the form you want.

One solution is to write a report to extract the list of form identifiers. The report extracts data from the Forms – SCN form. Create a new report in the Report Designer, open the Field Chooser, press F6 and enter SCN. Then double click to add the Form Identifier and Description fields. Publish to Excel.

This will give you a spreadsheet listing all the forms in the system by Form Identifier and Description.

Try this tip if you sometimes have difficulty finding the form you want. It will be easier to search for the description in your Excel list to find the form identifier than search through the Chris21 main menu.