Overview of column properties

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By Rachit

updated 29 days ago

Using columns to structure your data is a breeze with Stackby. Read on to know more.

Using  column properties 

Importance of column properties

Basic column properties 

Advanced column properties 

FAQs


Using column properties

  1. You can choose a new type of column by double clicking the column name - this will open a column configuration panel and you can search the column type of your liking. 
  2. You can also right click on the column name to open up the column menu and selecting 'Change column property' in the dropdown. 
  3. Also when you create a new column, you will be prompted to choose and change the column property. 


Importance of column properties 

Column properties define your tables in Stackby. It helps you customize how your data will be visualized and validated in specific columns. In Stackby, it symbolizes different attributes of your primary object. It can help your columns just take the data it is configured to take (Text, Phone Number, Email, Dropdown, Files, etc.) and visualize your information the way you want. 

For example, 

  1. If you want to express column property to date, rather than typing the date in the column, select Date/Time column type to choose from a date picker and format exactly how you want it to look (2/12/2019 or Feb 12, 2019) 
  2. Or if you want to choose from a pre-defined options in a list, you can select from Single Select or Multiple Select column type, to choose from pre-defined options that will display as a dropdown in your specific column. 

Watch the overview of all column properties: 


Basic column properties 

  1. Short Text & Long Text: Choose from Short description text or long text paragraphs 
  2. Number based: Choose from Decimal type, Currency (USD, Euro, INR) and Percentage (%), along with their precisions. 
  3. Date & Date + TimeChoose either date alone or along with time. 
  4. CheckboxRepresented as checked or unchecked box 
  5. Single Select/Multiple SelectPre-defined list of options to choose from. 
  6. Collaborators/Multiple CollaboratorsAdd your team member(s) to a particular column and choose to reference or notify them. 
  7. AttachmentsAdd files (Images, PDF etc.) on particular columns. 
  8. Phone Number, Email, URLValidated field types that will only take from the chosen - Phone number, Email or URL link.  
  9. Inbuilt (Created Time & Last Updated Time)When was the row created or last updated. 
  10. Ratings: Add ratings to your columns.
  11. Duration: Add time duration to your cells (hours, minutes, seconds) - Coming soon. 


Advanced Column properties 

  1. FormulasCompute your text, number based or date/time column types with numerical and logical operators and functions. There are also advanced formulas that you can create and use.
  2. Auto-number: Auto-increment counter for new row 
  3. Link to another tableInterlink rows from tables to create one-to-one, one to many, many to many relationships. 
  4. LookupLookup any column data from linked rows.  
  5. Lookup CountCount of linked rows in a particular link column type.
  6. Aggregation: Summarize the linked rows with SUM, AVG and more.
  7. API: Connect to a third party service to pull information (YouTube, MailChimp, Hunter.io) or use services (Google NL, Google Translate) 
  8. ButtonConfigure a button to send messages via Twilio (or WhatsApp)
  9. Barcode: Coming soon 


FAQs 

1. How do I set default value for a column? 

If you know that you want to see the same starting data when you add new row, you can choose and add default value for different column types such as Text, Number based, Date/Time and Checkbox. 

2. How can I add images/PDFs to a column? 

You can add images and PDFs by choosing attachments column type and upload from your computer or connect to your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram accounts or even by pasting a web URL. All your images and PDFs will be rendered in the table, that you can eventually view and download inside Stackby. 

3. How can I link two tables? 

You can create two-way relationships between tables, by choosing a 'Link' column type in any table and choose from any other tables. Once you've created the link with a table, the rows from the linked table opens in a model and you can choose any of them to link and it creates a thumbnail of linked row in the cell.

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