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Insert Current Time

Pastes the current system time into a field or variable.

See also 


Select entire contents replaces the contents of a field or variable. If you don’t select this option:

For a field, replaces only the selected portion of the active field, or inserts data at the insertion point. The default insertion point is at the end of the field's data.

For a variable that doesn’t have container data, inserts data at the end of the variable’s current value. For a variable that has container data, replaces the contents of the variable.

Target specifies the field to paste into or the variable to set. If the variable doesn’t exist, this script step creates it (see Using variables).





FileMaker Pro Advanced 


FileMaker Go 


FileMaker WebDirect 


FileMaker Server 


FileMaker Cloud 


FileMaker Data API 


Custom Web Publishing 


Runtime solution 


Originated in 

FileMaker Pro 6.0 or earlier


You must specify a target variable, specify a target field on the current layout, click in a field, or use the Go to Field script step before performing this script step. If Target is not specified, the data is placed in the active field. Otherwise, this script step returns an error code that can be captured with the Get(LastError) function.


If you manually select field data before you run this script step in FileMaker WebDirect, the script step performs as if you did not make a selection. To select field data before you run this script step in FileMaker WebDirect, use the Set Selection script step.

Example 1 

Goes to the Email History layout, inserts the current time in the Last Sent field, then goes to the original layout.

Go to Layout ["Email History"]
Insert Current Time [Select; Emails::Last Sent]
Go to Layout [original layout]

Related topics 

Set Field script step

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