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Stored procedures
The Message property is used to:
  • Find out the help message associated with a control or with a menu option (in a window).
  • Modify the help message associated with a control or with a menu option (in a window).
Remarks:
  • The help message is displayed in the status bar of the window.
  • The help message is defined in the "Help" tab of the control description ("Text of the status bar" option), with the Message property or the Message function.
Example
// Modify the help message of the "EDT_ImageFile" Edit control
ImageFile.Message = "The image file must be a black && white image"
Syntax

Finding out the help message Hide the details

<Result> = <Element used>.Message
<Result>: Character string
  • Help message for the specified object,
  • Empty string ("") if no help message is associated with the object.
<Element used>: Character string
Name of the object (control or menu option) whose help message is requested.

Modifying the help message Hide the details

<Element used>.Message = <New help message>
<Element used>: Character string
Name of the object (control or menu option) whose help message must be modified.
<New help message>: Character string
New help message for the specified object.
Remarks

Displaying the help message

  • For a control (except for Button controls): the help message is displayed in the status bar when the control takes focus.
  • For a Button control: the help message is displayed in the status bar when the left mouse button is pressed.
  • For a menu option: the help message is displayed in the status bar when the option is hovered.

& character

To display the "&" character in a help message, this character must be typed twice. Otherwise, the character following the "&" character will be underlined and the "&" character will not be displayed. For example:
ImageFile.Message = "The image file must be a black && white image"

Limits

The Message property cannot be used on:
  • an Image control,
  • a Shape control,
  • an option in a Check Box control,
  • an option in a Radio Button control,
  • a row in a List Box control, Combo Box control or Table control,
  • a table cell,
  • a tab,
  • a group of controls,
  • an element in a TreeView control.
Minimum version required
  • Version 11
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