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Converting a multiselect into a "Link to another table" changes the functionality too much

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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

On a multiselect, each option can have a color. The autocomplete (when typing on a desktop) or color options to tap (when on mobile) is also very visually pleasing.

If you convert it to a record to another table, both desktop and mobile change quite a bit. You have to manually type out a few letters to get options. They’re not color coded. It’s just way different.

I have a very important multiselect that I’m downright afraid to convert. It’s too important to lose those (seemingly small) features. So I have another table which I manually update when I add a new option to the multiselect. This is less than ideal. It means I can’t get a count of how many of each option exist across the table.

Would be cool if you could bridge the gap here.

Airtable Employee
Airtable Employee

Over time we’d like to make the linked record field more powerful and a more consistent user experience with selects and multiselects, and we appreciate the feedback about what you think the biggest gaps are.

We’re currently exploring ways to support color-coding for records. One approach we’re considering would allow you to assign color to linked records similarly to how you assign color to selects and multiselects.

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Any updates on this? Is it on the product roadmap?

6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Yeah! I recently posted this idea in the suggestions thread. You could have linked record colors match the color settings on the default or the conditional color settings of a specific table (limit selection to a view).