Duplicate Check is an optional setting for data entry fields. Fields marked as "duplicate check" will be compared across the system when a record is filled out and saved, to ensure that duplicate records are not created. Records that are identified as duplicates of existing records cannot be saved until the information on the new record or the existing record is changed to be unique.
Duplicate Check used to be reserved for Tier 1 forms and records, but with the Apricot 6.4 release, Administrators also have the ability to set fields on Tier 2 records as duplicate check as well. When a Tier 2 form contains duplicate check fields, records will be checked against all other records of the same form within the same Tier 1 document folder.
Access Duplicate Check
1. To access duplicate check on a Tier 2 form, open the green gear on a field.
2. Select duplicate check.
3. Every field selected as duplicate check will also automatically have "Clear on Copy" checked.
5. Each field marked as Duplicate Check will be marked with a double apricot icon.
Duplicate Check During Data Entry
1. When a duplicate check field is filled out with data that is not unique, a Duplicate Record Warning will appear.
2. The warning will display the other record with the same information in the duplicate check fields.
3. Users have the choice to click the link to the existing record or alter the values in the current record.
More Than One Duplicate Check Field
If a form contains more than one duplicate check field, information will need to be unique in the combination of all duplicate check fields on the form.
Best practice is to have no more than two or three fields set to Duplicate Check on any one form.
Tier 2 Duplicate Check Compatibility
Duplicate Check on a Tier 2 form is compatible with the following fields:
- dropdown date
- dynamic checkboxes
- dynamic dropdown
- dynamic number
- dynamic text
- likert scale
- masked dropdown
- masked radio button
- radio button
- social security number
Duplicate Check on a Tier 2 form is not compatible with the following features:
- Record Copy
- Batch Record Creation
- Registration Grid
- Auto populate fields