Field Manager and field dependencies
  • 22 Aug 2022
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The field manager is Airtable's new surface focusing on table configuration — giving Pro and Enterprise users more control over permissions and settings for things like schema fields and field configurations.

Use cases for field manager and dependencies

The field manager and dependencies can be used to:

  • Update field permissions 
  • Review a complete list of fields connected to a table
  • Locate relevant fields to update through filtering and sort by different criteria
  • Identify if a calculated field is broken
  • Identify which objects are dependent on a specific field before making changes to or deleting a field

Using the field manager and dependencies

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Please note that this feature is currently only available on Pro and Enterprise plans. 

To access the field manager from your Airtable homepage:

  • Select the table you intend to review or update
  • Click the table menu and select Manage fields from the menu

You can quickly search for or filter individual fields from the field manager using the Find a field, Permissions, or Dependencies filtering tools. 

Any action available from the field's table level is also available in the field manager. Selecting Show dependencies (Enterprise only) from the field menu will open the dependencies details slide-out in grid view.

Understanding dependencies

Please note that this feature is currently only available for Enterprise plans. 

From the field manager:

  • Select the Dependency column to access the dependency details list. 
  • The current list of category options: Syncs, Automations, Interfaces, Fields, and Views 

Keep in mind that the field manager will show potentially synced fields — meaning Airtable shows whether a field is visible in an actively synced shared view. However, the owner on the target side of the sync may choose not to sync it. 

This panel outlines any dependencies that directly rely on the selected field and helps Creators understand the implications of deleting or changing the selected field.

Understanding alerts

Airtable users receive alerts when: 

  • Changing a field type 
  • Updating field select options


Toggling column visibility

You can use the toggles to view: 

  • Field type: the field type that's configured for each field 
  • Description: any field descriptions that exist for each field
  • Example value: example text for each field, formatted by field type 
  • Field permissions: view and change the current permissions for each field
  • Field ID: a unique alphanumeric identifier for each field, which can be used in URLs for prefilled forms, share view URL filters, and referenced in our API
  • Dependencies: outlined above

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