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  • Overview
  • Control description window
  • Open a control description window
  • Characteristics by tab
  • Using the modifier
  • Overview
  • Viewing and/or changing the characteristics of one or more controls with the modifier
  • Changing the control caption
  • Changing the control name
  • Changing the control size and position
  • Changing the image associated with a control
  • Change the control image
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Control description window

Open a control description window

To open a control description window:
  • double-click the control.
  • select "Description" in the context menu.
  • select the control and press Alt + Enter.
Example: Button control description window:
Button description window
Remarks:
  • The description window can be opened for a selection of controls. Only the characteristics common to the selected controls will be displayed.
  • Several description windows can be opened at the same time. Each description window displays the characteristics of one or more controls.

Characteristics by tab

The description window shows the characteristics of the selected control(s) in different tabs:
TabCharacteristics
GeneralAllows you to specify the name and the display options of the control. For example:
  • the control caption (this caption can be multilingual).
  • the type of information displayed in the control (text, numeric, etc.).
  • the input mask of the control (this mask can be multilingual). For more details, see the Different input masks.
  • the image displayed in an Image control, the options of a Radio Button control, the controls in a toolbar, etc. For more details, see the online help of the desired type of control.
UIUsed to define:
  • the initial state of the control when the window is opened.
  • the parameters of the control (accessible by Tab, etc.).
  • the right-click action on the control.
  • the cursor appearance when hovering over the control.
  • the context menu associated with the control. For more details, see Popup menu.
  • the control keyboard shortcut.
  • the control size.
  • the position of the control in the window.
  • the control anchors. For more details, see Anchor.
  • the window plane to which the control belongs. For more details, see Window plane.
  • the group of controls to which the control belongs. For more details, see Group of controls.
DetailsAllows you to define the advanced parameters of the control:
  • the drag and drop action. For more details, see Drag and Drop.
  • the use of automatic validation (for Button controls). For more details, see Window automatic validation.
  • the input settings for Edit controls.
  • specific parameters of List Box, Combo Box, Table controls, etc.
These advanced parameters are grouped into several categories:
  • the parameters that change the control appearance (options on beige background).
  • the parameters that change the operating mode and input of the control (parameters on green background).
  • the parameters concerning the return value of the control (parameters on blue background).
BindingAllows you to select the item (from a data file or query) to which the control is bound. Depending on the current record, the content of the bound item will be displayed in the control.
ContentUsed to define:
  • the initial content of the control (for Edit controls only).
  • the data source used to populate the control (for List Box, Combo Box and Table controls only).
NoteAllows you to describe the detailed operating mode of the control.
This information will be printed in the technical documentation (Print icon icon on the "Home" tab, "General" group).
This information can be get and set programmatically using the Note and NoteTitle properties.
HelpAllows you to define the help of the control. For more details, see User help.
StyleAllows you to:
  • apply a preset style to the control.
  • change or create a preset style for the type of control.
  • change the control appearance (background color, border, font, etc.).
Using the modifier

Overview

The modifier allows you to view and/or change from the window editor the main characteristics of the following elements:
  • the selected controls.
  • the selected window.
For more details, see Modifier.

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

To view and/or change 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 the 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. Make the desired changes. These changes are applied to all controls. You can:
    • select the new value in a drop-down list.
    • select the new value in a specific window (new color, for example).
    • change the value directly.
Changing the control caption
To change the caption of a control directly in the window:
  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. Enter the new text.
  4. Confirm by pressing the Enter key.
Remarks:
  • When you enter the text directly, spelling is checked, and RTF text and non-Western characters are allowed.
  • You can also change the text of a column in a Table control.
    New column label
Changing the control name
You can change the name of a control directly from the status bar of the window editor.
To change 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
Changing the control size and position
You can change the size and position of a control directly from the status bar of the window editor.
To change the control size and position:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Enter the new values of the size and position in the status bar.
    Control position in the status bar
Changing the image associated with a control

Change the control image

You can change the image associated with an Image or Button control directly in the window.
To change the image of a control directly in the window editor:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + P. A file picker appears.
  3. Select the image file to associate with the current control and validate.
Minimum version required
  • Version 9
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