Define auto-complete attributes for all references to a table

A field inherits and uses the reference table's auto-complete attributes unless the field has its own value for the same attributes. You can define the attributes for references to a table, and it affects every form that references that table.

Before you begin

Role required: personalize_dictionary

About this task

A field-level attribute overrides a table-level attribute of the same name. If a field uses different reference attributes from those that are defined for the reference table, then the field uses both sets of attributes.

Use these steps to define auto-complete attributes for all fields in a table that do not already have their own auto-complete attributes. This example describes how to define auto-complete attributes for all references to the User [sys_user] table.
Note: A field's auto-complete attribute value supersedes a table's auto-complete attribute value. This means that any existing field-level value for an auto-complete attribute supersedes any value the administrator applies to the auto-complete attribute from the reference table.


  1. Navigate to a form of the target table, such as User Administration > Users.
  2. Right-click the column header and click Configure > Dictionary.
  3. Select the row that does not list a column name.
    This row is typically the first row in the list. For example, select the first sys_user link.
  4. Under Related Links, click Advanced view.
  5. In the Attributes field, enter a comma-separated list of auto-complete attributes you want to apply to all fields in the table.
    For example, to display the user's department with all references to the sys_user table, enter:
  6. Click Update.

What to do next

To test the new auto-complete attributes, open a form that references the User [sys_user] table, such as an open incident. Enter a single character in the Assigned to field. The auto-complete options now include both the user name and department.
Auto-complete list