Creating a "Split View" / Clickable list of headings in one column, detail of each heading in second column


I MUST be missing something, but I want to achieve this (link below is a simple Glide App using their stock data)

The only way I could work out how to do this, was to -

  • User specific column in the users table
  • Write to that column when one of the headings is clicked
  • Add a relation from that column, back to the data you want to show
  • Add a lookup field for each field you want to show

Then add a custom collection with two columns - list on one side (for the headings) - then a field view (or similar) on the other side pickup up the data from the lookup fields created above.

Is that really the way to do it? Seems very long winded and requiring a lot of columns to me, so want to check before I go too far.


You can simplify that by making the source of the top level screen the Contacts table, and then use the value that’s set in your user profile row as a filter (at the screen level). That way you don’t need the relation or all the lookups. Just add a fields component in the right hand column, and the filtering will ensure you’re using data from the correct row.

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Thanks (As always) Darren

I can’t get it to work though - apologies. I must be doing something wrong.

I have set it up as :

  • Source of the top level screen (the tab) - Contacts
  • A container with 2 columns
  • A collection on the left hand side - with the action set to write to the user specific column
  • Field container

But I can only apply the filter to the Container - which obviously filters out the list from the left hand side.

Where can / should I apply the filter?


You need to apply the filter at the top (screen) level.


you’re a wonderful person - thank you. Works nicely.

I don’t get the logic though - I would have expected that to filter out the “not selected” items from the list on the left hand side…

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It’s because the filter is being applied to the screen, rather than the collection.
When you first create the screen, it’s attached to the first row of the Contacts table by default.
But then once you add the filter by selected ContactID, you’re essentially navigating up and down the table as you select each Contact.

It’s a neat technique, and one that had never occurred to me until I saw your post yesterday. I was actually inspired to use it in an App that I’m working on at the moment :slight_smile:

I took it a step further and added a marker to indicate the currently selected record:


That’s neat. Thanks for explaining.

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