Welcome to March! There’s a lot to explore this month, from formula editor improvements and hidden form fields to our new Airtable consultant directory.
Create and troubleshoot complex formulas directly in your base
Formula editor improvements for fewer errors and better readability
Formulas are a powerful way to calculate and format data, but composing them directly in your base can be a challenge.
That’s why we’re launching syntax highlighting and bracket matching, which makes it easier to read—and understand—each part of a formula. You’ll also see red lines when something needs fixing, like an extra space or missing bracket.
Finally, we’ve added multi-line editing and indentation so you can break up those lengthier formulas into bite-sized chunks.
Find and fix broken steps in your automations
New visuals to help you pinpoint errors
If you’ve ever had an automation fail without a clue where it went wrong, this one’s for you.
You’ll now see a “caution” symbol beside the broken steps of an automation as it’s being created—so you know exactly where the issue lies. You’ll also be pointed to the fields you need to update, getting you one step closer to deploying a successful automation.
Hide prefilled form fields with a new URL parameter
Stash the fields you don’t want submitters to see
The Form view is a convenient way to gather information from individuals to store in your base. But what if you don’t want your submitters seeing a particular prefilled field–say, a field you’re using to internally track a particular feature or channel?
Hide pre-filled fields with this new URL parameter. Attach hide_FieldNameOrTitle=true to the end of your URL and replace “FieldNameOrTitle” with the precise name of the field you wish to hide.
Updates to the expand-and-edit record experience
Field icons, increased margins, and more
Thanks to some great feedback, we’ve made a few changes to the expand-and-edit record experience.
These updates should help you better understand and edit records:
- The return of field icons to help you easily identify the field type
- Clearer disabled/read-only states so you know what’s editable vs. non-editable
- Increased margins, removed placeholder text, and reduced info icon size to make your content easier to scan
Importing a CSV is now easier than ever
All it takes is a couple of clicks
You can now import a CSV file to an existing table in your base. Simply head to the table you’d like to use, right-click on its name, and hover over “Import data” to upload your file.
Explore our new Airtable consultant directory
Get matched with the right expert to help your business thrive
Find the speedy support you need in Airtable with our new consultant directory. We have a list of vetted consultants ready to help, whether you need assistance with data migration, base design, team onboarding, or a combination of all three.
Are you an Airtable expert interested in lending your skills? Consultant applications will reopen later this year–join the waitlist here.
Our Universe base of the month
A Wordle Leaderboard base 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟩
Need ideas for a friendly office competition? Already have a Wordle bet going with friends? Keep track of your scores (and much more) in Russell Bishop’s Wordle Leaderboard base.
View top Wordle scores by month, or check out a view of all players to see everyone’s average score and number of attempts. You can even set up a Slack integration to ask your channel for daily submissions. We already have a five-letter word in mind to describe this base (spoiler: it’s “nifty”).