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  • Overview
  • How to select a control?
  • How to select several controls?
  • Selecting several controls with the Ctrl key
  • Selecting several controls with the lasso of the mouse
  • How to cancel the selection of several controls?
  • Notes
  • Handles of controls
  • Special case: selecting an overlayable control
  • Special case: selecting a control that belongs to grouped controls
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Overview
One or more controls can be selected in a window, in a page or in a report via the keyboard or the mouse.
How to select a control?
To select a control, all you have to do is click the control to select.
The selected control is displayed with handles.
The name of the selected control appears in the status bar.
How to select several controls?

Selecting several controls with the Ctrl key

To select several controls at the same time with the Ctrl key:
  1. Press the Ctrl key and keep it down.
  2. Select the controls with the mouse (click each control with the mouse).
  3. Release the Ctrl key. The selected controls are displayed with handles.
Notes:
  • To add a control to an existing selection or to delete a control from an existing selection, keep the Ctrl key down and click the control that must be added or deleted.
  • When displaying the 7-tab window ("Description" from the popup menu of the selection), only the options common to the selected controls are displayed.
  • The different types of handles are presented in the Notes.

Selecting several controls with the lasso of the mouse

The lasso of the mouse corresponds to a selection area. This area is represented by a dotted rectangle.
To select several controls at the same time:
  1. Click beside the first control to select and keep the left mouse button down.
  2. Move the mouse cursor to select all the controls: the selection area is represented by a dotted rectangle (the lasso of the mouse).
  3. Release the mouse button when the selection is performed. The different types of handles are presented in the Notes.
Notes:
  • By default, all the controls with a section included in the lasso area will be selected. To only select the controls that are entirely included in the lasso area, hold the Shift key down during the selection steps.
  • To add a control to an existing selection or to delete a control from an existing selection, keep the Ctrl key down and click the control that must be added or deleted.
  • When displaying the description window ("Description" from the popup menu of the selection), only the options common to the selected controls are displayed.
How to cancel the selection of several controls?
To cancel the selection of several controls, you can:
  • click a non-selected control,
  • click the background of window, page or report,
  • click the title bar of window, page or report.
Notes

Handles of controls

When a control was just created or when it is selected, it is displayed with handles. The handles are used to:
  • view the size of a control,
  • modify the size of a control.
The colors of handles are used to identify the actions that can be performed:
  • The black handles are used to view and resize a control.
  • The white handles can only be used to see a control. For example, when selecting several controls, the white handles indicate that the selected controls cannot be resized.
    This type of handles is also displayed when a window is in read-only mode for the developer: the controls cannot be modified.
  • The gray handles indicate the first selected control during a multiple selection. This control will be the reference control.

Special case: selecting an overlayable control

The controls can be overlaid in a window or in a page.
To easily select an overlayable control:
  • 1st method: Click the overlayable controls successively until you select the requested control.
    Note: The name of the selected control appears in the status bar.
  • 2nd method:
    • Click the overlayable controls while holding the Shift key down. The name of overlayable controls is displayed in a popup menu.
    • Select the control in the popup menu.

Special case: selecting a control that belongs to grouped controls

When selecting a control that belongs to a set of grouped controls, all the grouped controls are automatically selected.
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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