It's been said that a database is only as good at the data in it. A good way to ensure good data is to reduce the amount of data entry by your users and to ensure the correct data is entered. One way to accomplish this is through the mapping of fields from parent records to related child records.
The key to making the mapping work is that the users need to create the new, child record from the parent record. For example, if you have an Opportunity record open, you would then select Quote from the left navigation and then click the 'Add New Quote' button from the ribbon when it changes
To setup the mapping, do the following:
Get to 'Customizations'. One way to do this is to go to 'Settings', 'Customizations', and then choose 'Customize the System'.
Select arrow to the left of the parent entity to expose the sub-menu items. In our example, that is the Opportunity.
Once there, go to the Opportunity entity and click on the '1:N Relationships'.
Next click on 'Mappings' and then the 'New' button
Lastly, choose the source and target fields, click 'OK' and you're done
An important note here is that the field types must be same on both entities if you want to map fields!
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