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What is the difference between the Jump To and Jump Insert commands?

In Shoebox, jumping is a way to get to related data (e.g., a cross-referenced record in a lexical database). If the data is expected to exist and if a jump path has been properly set up, jumping is similar to clicking a hypertext link. Shoebox provides two slightly different jump commands to streamline your work, especially when you are entering data. As you can see from the following table, you should use Jump Insert when you think the record does not already exist and use Jump To when you think it does. Notice that Jump Insert gives you the option to insert a new record, even when there is exactly one matching record in the database. If homonyms are common in the language, you might find this helpful.

Matching records Jump To Jump Insert
none displays the No Matches dialog box
(You have to click Insert.)
inserts the record automatically
exactly one jumps directly to the record displays the Multiple Matches dialog box
(You have to click Insert or OK.)
more than one displays the Multiple Matches dialog box displays the Multiple Matches dialog box

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