Lookup Primary field with blue link buttons?

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7 - App Architect
7 - App Architect

I have a linked record field. What I want is the ability to then breakout these linked records into different fields, essentially different departments.

However a lookup field on the primary field returns text, not the blue link field.

This means I lose the ability to click into that record with added details, or navigate using interfaces. Any thoughts on making this possible?


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Airtable Employee
Airtable Employee

Hi Matt—thanks for surfacing your desire for this functionality. Parting ways from the interactivity of a linked record field, lookup fields are computed and therefore will always take the form of an unclickable array, so it wouldn't be possible to achieve in the manner described. That being said, I did happen to discover this thread where users discuss this exact scenario; it might be worth checking this out for other ideas.

If you're super desperate for this functionality, perhaps you could try:
1. Creating one linked field per breakout field
2. Creating an automation that'll trigger when any of those breakout fields get updated
3. Making that automation paste the values from the breakout fields into their respective linked field

Not a great solution, but it'd work I think