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What is a Lookup?

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When using the database, there will frequently be a need to view one or more contacts who share a common attribute. Here are some examples of contacts who may make up just a portion of the database:

Contacts who are donors (that is, have given a gift of any amount)

Contacts who attend a certain church

Contacts who live in a certain city

Contacts who are also staff members

Lookups are useful in preparing reports, editing contacts, creating Saved Groups, etc.

The 2 Most Important Things To Know

1.Doing lookups cannot harm your database. Use trial and error to learn about them.

2.Lookups answer "Who" questions

Who should I call for a decision right now?

Who should I call to make an appointment with?

Who should I call when I go to Gotham City next week?

With whom do I have an appointment scheduled?

Who gets my newsletter?

Lookups do not answer "How much" questions

How much monthly support do I have?

How much have support have I received this year?

As a new staff member, your list of Who? questions would be fairly straightforward. But for senior staff, the number of possible combinations could literally be in the millions. For example:

Who supported our ministry between 1999 and 2001 and not since and gave more than $3000 but never more than $500 in a single gift and is married?

Tip: Learning Lookups

The easiest way to learn about Lookups is to use them by trial and error. Doing Lookups cannot harm the content of the database.

Conceptos básicos de búsquedas

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Cuando llevas a cabo cualquier consulta, la lista resultante de los contactos es el Grupo Actual.

El Grupo Actual siempre es el resultado de una consulta.

When the database is opened, a lookup is performed immediately. The default lookup is <Everyone>, and the Current Group then is all contacts in database.

Ruta de menú: Búsqueda | Todos

Consejo práctio: Palanca "Buscar todos"

You can view all of the contacts in your database by pressing a button on the button bar that looks like a funnel. Pressing the button again returns the Current Group to the previous lookup. "Everyone" is the default lookup upon opening TntMPD, but you can change that to one of three other options. (See Options for this.)

Ruta de menú: Herramientas | Opciones | Pestaña Intefaz de usuario

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Lookups only return Contacts. Regardless of the specific criteria (such as a financial criteria such as amount donated), the result is a list of contacts who meet that criteria.

When a lookup is performed from the Groups View, that is, when one of the Saved Groups is "looked up", that Saved Group becomes the Current Group.

Makes this Saved Group into the Current Group. This will replace the previous Current Group.

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Lookups by nature are immediate. When a lookup is performed, it returns contacts that meet that criteria at that moment. A lookup on gifts received would be different one month than it would be the next month.

Relationship to the Current Group

When performing a lookup, the software needs to know how the results will impact the Current Group.

Replace the current group

Busca dentro de la base de datos entera y muestra un nuevo grupo.

Lookup within the current group

Busca sólo dentro del Grupo Actual y muestra solamente aquellos contactos del Grupo Actual que reúnen el criterio elegido.

Add to the current group

Busca dentro de la base de datos entera, pero mantiene el grupo actualmente visto y combina las dos listas.

Take away from the current group

Busca sólo dentro del Grupo Actual y quita aquellos contactos que reúnen el criterio elegido, mostrando solamente los que no reúnen el criterio.




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