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  • Overview
  • Description window of window controls
  • Displaying the description window of a control
  • Characteristics by tab
  • Using the modifier
  • Overview
  • Viewing and/or modifying the characteristics of one or more controls with the modifier
  • Modifying the control caption
  • Modifying the control name
  • Modifying the control position and dimensions
  • Modifying the image associated with a control
  • Changing the image associated with a control
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Stored procedures
Description window of window controls

Displaying the description window of a control

To display the description window of control:
  • double-click the control.
  • select "Description" from the popup menu of control (right mouse click).
  • select the control and press Alt + Enter.
  • select "Display .. Options .. Modify the options" (F12 key), select the control and click the "Edit" button.
  • select the control and select "Display .. Description of the selection".
For example, description window of a button:
Description window of button
Notes:
  • The description window can be displayed for a selection of controls. Only the characteristics common to the selected controls will be displayed.
  • Several description windows can be displayed at the same time. Each description window displays the characteristics of one or more controls.

Characteristics by tab

The description window groups the characteristics of selected controls by tab:
TabCharacteristics
GeneralUsed to specify the control name and the display characteristics of control. For example:
  • the control caption (this caption can be multilingual).
  • the type of information displayed in the control (text, numeric, ...).
  • the input mask used for the control (this mask can be a multilingual mask). See the Different input masks for more details.
  • the image displayed in an Image control, the captions of the options found in a radio button, the controls found in a toolbar, etc. See the online help about this type of control for more details.
GUIUsed to define:
  • the initial status of control when opening the window.
  • the parameters of the control (accessible by Tab, ...).
  • the action of a right click on the control.
  • the mouse cursor when hovering a control.
  • the popup menu associated with the control. See Popup menu for more details.
  • the control shortcut.
  • the control size.
  • the control position in the window.
  • the control anchoring. See Anchoring for more details.
  • the window plane to which the control belongs. See Window plane for more details.
  • the group of controls to which the control belongs. See Group of controls for more details.
DetailsUsed to define the advanced parameters of controls:
  • the action of Drag and Drop for this control. See Managing Drag and Drop for more details.
  • the use of automatic validation (for the buttons). See Automatic validation of a window for more details.
  • the input parameters for the edit controls.
  • the parameters specific to the list boxes, combo boxes, tables, ...
These advanced parameters are grouped into several categories:
  • the parameters that modify the appearance of the control (parameters on beige background).
  • the parameters that modify the operating mode and the input in the control (parameters on green background).
  • the parameters related to the return value of control (parameters on blue background).
LinkAllows you yo select the item (found in a file or in a query) to which the control is linked. Depending on the current record, the content of linked item will be displayed in the control.
ContentUsed to define:
  • the initial content of control (for the edit controls only).
  • the data source used to fill the control (for the list boxes, combo boxes and tables only).
NoteUsed to describe the detailed operating mode of control. This information will be printed in the program documentation ("File .. Print the documentation").This information will be printed in the program documentation ( Print icon icon on the "Home" pane, in the "General" group).
This information can be completed and found by programming via ..Note and ..NoteTitle.
HelpUsed to associate help pages with the control. See Helping the user for more details.
StyleUsed to:
  • apply a preset style to the control.
  • modify or create a preset style for the type of control.
  • modify the appearance of the control (background color, border, font, ...).
Note: See the online help about the description window ( Context-sensitive Help icon ) for more details.
Using the modifier

Overview

The modifier allows you to view and/or modify from the window editor the main characteristics:
  • of selected controls.
  • of the selected window.
See Modifier for more details.

Viewing and/or modifying the characteristics of one or more controls with the modifier

To view and/or modify the characteristics of one or more controls with the modifier:
  1. Select the controls to modify:
    • in the window directly (see Selecting one or more controls).
    • via the drop-down list of modifier. In this case, a single control can be selected at a time. The handles of the selected control are automatically displayed.
      If several controls are selected, only the information common to the selected controls is displayed in the modifier.
  2. Perform the necessary modifications. These modifications are performed on all controls. You can:
    • select the new value in a drop-down list.
    • select the new value in a screen (color modification for example).
    • modify the value directly.
Modifying the control caption
To modify the caption of a control in the window currently created:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Click the control again or press the Enter key. The mouse cursor turns into an input cursor.
    Direct modification
  3. Type the new caption of control.
  4. Validate the input by pressing the Enter key.
Notes:
  • The directly edit of the captions performs the spell check, allows the RTF input as well as the input in a non-Western character set.
  • Versions 17 and later
    Similarly, you have the ability to modify the caption of a table column.
    Modifying a table caption
    New in version 17
    Similarly, you have the ability to modify the caption of a table column.
    Modifying a table caption
    Similarly, you have the ability to modify the caption of a table column.
    Modifying a table caption
Modifying the control name
The name of a control can be modified from the message bar of window editor.
To modify the control name:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Type the new control name in the status bar.
    Control name in the status bar
Modifying the control position and dimensions
The control position and/or dimensions can be modified from the status bar of window editor.
To modify the control position and/or dimensions:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Type the new control position and/or dimensions in the status bar.
    Control position in the status bar
Modifying the image associated with a control

Changing the image associated with a control

The image associated with an Image control or with a button can be changed in the window currently created.
To modify the image associated with a control in the window currently created:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Select "Edit .. Select an image" (or press Ctrl + Shift + P). A file picker is opened.Press Ctrl + Shift + P. A file picker is opened.
  3. Select the image file to associate with the current control and validate.
Note: To edit the image in the appropriate software:
  1. Select the control associated with an image.
  2. Select "Edit .. Edit the image".
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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