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4. The Category field is unfinished in comparison to the other fields, as if to encourage you
to customize it. It does contain three generally nondescriptive categories. Leave it at the
default of Category2.
Related Issues is a lookup field with the option to allow you to choose more than one
item from the lookup. An interesting thing about this particular lookup field, just like
its equivalent in the Tasks list, is that it accesses not the value of a field in a different list
but the value of the Title field of items in this list. This allows you to track multiple issue
items that might relate to one another in some way. This is pretty clever, and it illustrates
an essential way to demonstrate lookup fields. Right now there is no value to select
because this is the first item in this list.
The Comments field is simply another multiple-line rich-text field. Again, this field would
be a good place to add documentation about the issue.
5. Finally, at the bottom of the page is Due Date. Feel free to give the item a due date of the
end of the week (or sometime in the future), and then click OK to finish creating your
new issue item.
If you were to create another issue item, the first item’s title would appear in the Related
Issues field (as shown in Figure 7.5). To add the item in the box on the left to the box on the
right (to select it), either double-click your selection or click it and then click Add. If there had
been more items in the list, you could choose any number of items to relate to your new issue.
Remember, the point of this lookup field is not just to look up the value of a field but to allow
you to choose more than one.
FIGURE 7.5
Creating another
issue item with
the previous
item added in the
Related Issues field
You have created, used, and viewed the Issue Tracking list, but you aren’t done with it yet.
The interesting thing about the Issue Tracking list is that Microsoft chose it to demonstrate
workflows.
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