Duration field properties

The properties for this field type are:


Enter a name for this field. This name displays on data-entry forms and as column headings in reports.


Click Change Type to change the field type.

Some field types (List-User, Multi-select Text, and File Attachment, for example) may not be changed. The Change Type link will not be present if this is the case.

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Select Must be filled in to require users to enter a value in this field. A red asterisk (*) beside a field in Add and Edit forms indicates that this value has been set for the field.

Default value

Enter the value that you want for the initial entry or default for this field. For example, you can set the Status field to Open for the default, and users can change it, if they want.

For multiple-choice fields, you must enter a value that is in your list of choices. If you don't want any option to appear automatically, leave this field blank.

For Multi-select Text fields, you can specify a list of default values delimited by semi-colons (;).


Do one of the following tasks:

  • Select Treat blank values as "0" in calculations to treat blank entries in this field and in calculations as a zero. This is the default.

  • Clear this option if you don't want Quick Base to treat blank entries as a zero and in calculations as a zero, for example, when calculating averages.

Totals and averages

Select this option...


Display a total of this field in reports

Have Quick Base compute the sum of all the values in this field and display the result at the bottom of the view (totals row).

Display an average of this field in reports

Have Quick Base compute the average of all the values in this field and display the result at the bottom of the view (average row).

Decimal places

Enter the number of digits you want to appear after the decimal point. For example, you might enter 2 if the field is a price field. If a user enters more digits after the decimal point than you enter here, Quick Base rounds the number and extends it only to the number of decimal places you specify. Here are some examples:

  • .5 rounds the number away from 0.

  • 3.5 rounds to 4

  • -3.5 rounds to -4.

Use the Round formula instead of the decimal places option to round up .5, meaning that -3.5 would round to -3.

Value Display

These properties apply when the field appears in table and timeline reports.

Select one or more options...


Display in bold

Display the data in bold.

Display without wrapping

Prevent the data from being broken into multiple lines.


Select one of these options...

To display the duration in...


Hours and minutes. For example, 03:45.


Hours, minutes, and seconds. For example, 03:45:22.


Minutes only. For example, if you enter "45 min," it displays as :45.


Minutes and seconds. For example, if you enter ":45.25 min," it displays as :45:15.

Smart Units

The most appropriate format for the value you enter. For example, "120 min" displays as 2 hours. "84 hrs" displays as 3.5 days. How smart is that?


Number of weeks. For example, if you enter "84 hrs," it displays as .5.


Number of days. For example, if you enter "84 hrs," it displays as 3.5.


Number of hours. For example, if you enter "3.5 days," it displays as 84.


Number of minutes. For example, if you enter "3.5 days," it displays as 5040.


Number of seconds. For example, if you enter "3.5 days," it displays as 302400.


To set the permissions:
  1. Click Restrict access by role to limit access to the data in this field.

    When selected, the Role and Permission list appears.

  2. Select either None, View, or Modify for each role.

Note: This property is not available to accounts on the Quick Base Essential plan.

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Select Copy this value... to copy the value(s) in this field when the record is copied.

The command to copy a record is visible in the More menu when you're viewing the record.

Not all fields are good candidates for this option. For example, if you also select Unique, the value of this field is not automatically copied.


Select to allow the field to be included when searching or filtering the table.


To use this field in reports:
  1. Select Add this field to all new reports to display this field as a column when users create but don't customize reports.

    When selected, automatically selects The field may be used in reports option.

  2. Select The field may be used in reports to use this field in reports.

    If you want the field to be a default column, you must select this option.

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Shared values

To make entries in this field available as choices in another field:
  1. Select Values from this field may be a source for dropdown lists in other apps, then click Add App.

  2. Select an application, then click OK.

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To capture a value from a specific lookup field:
  1. Select Get this field's value from a lookup field and don't allow the value to change.

    When you capture the value of the lookup field in a snapshot, the value in the snapshot field in the details table doesn't change when you change the master record.

  2. From the Lookup field list, select the lookup field for which you want to capture the value.

  3. Select Initialize field for existing records to update all the existing records with a snapshot of the current value when you set up a snapshot field for an application.

    Caution: If you select this option and this field contains existing values, the existing values are overwritten with the current value in the master record.

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Field help text

If you want to provide help text in association with this field, enter it in the text box. This text will display via the information () icon next to the field.