One feature that makes Coda docs different is the ability to embed data in the writing surface itself - not just in a table. Coda lets you do this easily with @references.

So, what's an @reference? If you type '@' in any part of a Coda doc, you'll see a list of items you can refer to - this list includes both rows in the document and all people in the document. You can call them "@refs" for short.

Reference a Row

When you type '@', the top of the list of selectable items will be the rows in the document's tables. You can scroll through the available items and hit 'TAB' to enter that item into the canvas. When you hover over it, you'll see this has embedded the data in the document - meaning, it's not just the text within the display column, but the entire row that's been included. An @reference is like a window into your table data. You can then open the row modal to edit the entire row, and if you edit the row separately your @reference will also update. 

Reference a Person

Similar to the example above, the next list of available items is people who are in the document. Selecting one of these people with an @reference will notify them as well. You can learn more about people and notifications here

Try an interactive tutorial about @refs by visiting our Academy.

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