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User-specific columns

Configure tables to collect unique user data

User-specific columns allow cells to hold unique data for each user. This means each user can experience their own data for a particular part of your project.

💡 These columns live in the Data Editor only. They aren’t synced between Glide and your original data source.

How to use user-specific columns

User-specific columns can be used anytime you want to collect data that’s unique to a user.

For example, adding a column named User Notes allows users to write their own notes and feedback on each item in the app. In order to collect this data, the column is configured as user-specific and tied to the Notes Component.

Example of the Notes Component data in the Data Editor
Example of the Notes Component data in the Data Editor

Without user-specific columns, data entered in the User Notes column would appear to everyone and could be changed by anyone. Now, any notes entered will be specific to the user. In other words, a single cell will contain a unique value for each user.

Editing the Notes Components in app
Editing the Notes Components in app

Add user-specific columns

User-specific columns are created from basic columns.

  1. In the Data Editor, open the table you want to edit.

  2. Add a new column by clicking on the plus symbol to the right of the table.

    Adding a new basic column
    Adding a new basic column

    The + icon will append the column to the end of the table. To place the new column in a specific order, click on the dropdown button in the column header next to where you want to place it and then Add column right.

  3. Give the new column a name.

  4. In the Type dropdown, choose the basic column type you want to add.

  5. Enable the Column is user-specific option.

    Enabling the user-specific option for a column
    Enabling the user-specific option for a column
  6. Once finished, click Done to add the column to the table.

Preview data

Since user-specific data is unique to each user, the only way to access another user’s data is by previewing the data as the other user. You can preview it by changing the Viewing as setting in your project.

  1. In the Data Editor or Layout Editor, click on the name next to Viewing as.

  2. Choose the user whose data you want to preview.

    Previewing user-specific data as another user
    Previewing user-specific data as another user

The data in the column or related component will automatically adjust to show what was entered by that user.

Updated 2 weeks ago
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