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  • Default Form Field Dimensions

    Hello,

    Is there a way to adjust the default form field dimension when creating a form. For me, all new fields that I place are 0.187" in height and I'd like for them to be 0.250". Would save much time. I've looked and looked and looked, and no luck.

    Thank you!
    Mike
    Thank you,
    Mike Konoff

  • #2
    I suspect you will need to define a new Theme with the colours and field sizes as you want them.
    It is not too difficult and you should get exactly what you need.
    See our Hybrid Option here;
    https://hybridapps.example-software.com/


    There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
    Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.

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    • #3
      Hello Ted,

      Thanks for the suggestion. Do you mean to make adjustments in StyleSheets? I cannot seem to find anywhere in there to set default dimension for height of form field. Most all else, but I see no place to set dimension.

      FYI...
      Edition: Developer
      Version: 12.3, Build 2999
      System Addins: Build 4519
      C Compiler: Microsoft C Compiler Version 1800

      Thanks.

      Thank you,
      Mike Konoff

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      • #4
        Yes, Mike - in the StyleSheets area.
        The documentation shows what can be changed, but it's better if you create a new one and then set the field sizes as you wish.
        Example;
        Create a BLANK form
        Add the field you want sized differently. Just the one field, not everything at this stage - you can fiddle later.
        Right click anywhere in the white space on the form
        Select Stylesheets
        Create New and name it
        Save the form.

        Create a new form with ALL fields on it and choose your Stylesheet.

        It should show the fields in the size you defined.
        See our Hybrid Option here;
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        There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
        Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.

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        • #5
          Ok, thanks Ted. I'll work at it that way. I was hoping to find a way to make the height of all new field descriptors and fields a desired set height so that as I drag/drop them from the field picker so I could drop them in place already with desired field height so I could, set it and forget it so to speak. This should save time, so thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Very much appreciated!!!
          Thank you,
          Mike Konoff

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          • #6
            Once you set the format, Mike, all of the fields you add will be the correct size.
            Setting the first one allows Alpha to save what you need for subsequent entries. Hope this makes sense, else send me the sizes you want and I'll send you a Stylesheet you can import.
            You can import or modify an existing Stylesheet, but it's better to leave the standard ones alone.
            See our Hybrid Option here;
            https://hybridapps.example-software.com/


            There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
            Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.

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            • #7
              Hello Ted!

              I believe I tried your suggestion and no luck. Created a new form, created a new stylesheet, adjusted the field height from 0.187 to 0.250, save stylesheet doing the Apply and Update, saved, closed, and reopened the form, and then added a 2nd field which came in at the old dimension of 0.187" height. Main desire for me right now is to make new fields dragged/dropped onto forms a height of 0.250". My style sheet is attached.

              Thank you.
              Attached Files
              Thank you,
              Mike Konoff

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              • #8
                Leave it with me until tomorrow. It's later here now.
                See our Hybrid Option here;
                https://hybridapps.example-software.com/


                There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
                Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.

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                • #9
                  I appreciate anything you do, so please enjoy your weekend and whenever is a good time for you, will be great with me. Thank you!!!
                  Thank you,
                  Mike Konoff

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                  • #10
                    Not to disagree with anyone I use an existing, make the mods and then save to a new name. Always worked best for me.
                    Dave Mason
                    [email protected]
                    Skype is dave.mason46

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                    • #11
                      I agree Dave, however there is no way I can find to set the height of the type in field in the stylesheets dialog. Length, yes, height no.
                      If you increase the font size, that makes a difference.
                      If you change the field size on the form, go to styles - not style sheets - and do an update, when you add a field, it defaults to the smaller size, so the setting for that doesn't appear to be in the stylesheets dialog.
                      It may be in the View/Settings panel, so I will explore that.

                      What is possible is to lasso the fields you want to change and do it all in one go but I have had no success lassoing the label AND field doing that.
                      See our Hybrid Option here;
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                      • #12
                        Mike, sorry to say that I haven't found a way of dragging a field onto a form and the height setting being as you wish.
                        Only thing I can suggest is to build a form with all fields on it and then delete the ones you don't need.
                        If the table has a lot if fields, you can manage how they're shown initially - so you don't end up with multiple tabs - by changing the default settings in View/Settings.
                        As I mentioned, there does not appear to be a default height setting for fields, at least I can't find one.
                        See our Hybrid Option here;
                        https://hybridapps.example-software.com/


                        There are 3 things you can do in any situation;
                        Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.

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                        • #13
                          Hello Ted. Thanks for taking the time to investigate. I very much appreciate that.

                          I have been setting an existing field to desired height, then using Advanced -> Copy Selected Properties (object - height) to copy that info, and then pasting that to all other fields. Nifty feature to be able to copy/paste that one particular attribute. It would be niftier if able to set the desired height from the start.

                          Thanks again for your help and have a great day!
                          Mike
                          Thank you,
                          Mike Konoff

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                          • #14
                            Glad you got something to work, even though it's a pita to work through and won't let you drag and drop as the dicumentation suggests.
                            Anyway, thanks for posting your solution.
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                            Live with it, Change it or Walk away from it.

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                            • #15
                              Or use this UDF script this way having the Interactive Editor (IE) open to run step 4
                              1. Make your form. Add a button on the form with the on push event command - change_height(1)
                              2. With the form in view mode, press the button. It collects the parent table name, form name and all the fields on the form into a global variable.
                              3. Place the form in design mode
                              4. Run the following command in the IE - change_height(2)
                              5. Return to the made form, delete the button and save the form. The fields should all now be the size that is on line 51 of the UDF below

                              Code:
                              FUNCTION change_height AS C (part_to_run as n)
                              
                              if part_to_run=2
                              PART_TWO()
                              end
                              end if
                              
                              'GET THE TABLE FOR THE FORM
                              dim tw as p
                              dim vtbl_name as C
                              dim vfrm_name as C
                              tw=table.current()
                              vtbl_name=tw.name_get()
                              vfrm_name=a_form_current
                              'msgbox(vtbl_name)
                              
                              'MAKE THE GLOBAL VARIABLE WITH THE OBJECTS ON THE FORM
                              dim global vg_form_fields as C=vtbl_name+crlf()+vfrm_name+crlf()
                              dim vLfields as C
                              dim vfield_now as C
                              vLfields=table.external_field_name_get(vtbl_name,"N")
                              
                              for each foo in vLfields
                              vfield_now=alltrim(foo)
                              
                              'test to see if object is on form
                              if is_object(vfield_now)
                              vg_form_fields=vg_form_fields+vfield_now+crlf()
                              end if
                              next
                              vg_form_fields=remove_blank_lines(vg_form_fields)
                              msgbox("Global Values Set")
                              
                              END
                              END FUNCTION
                              
                              '
                              'HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
                              
                              'HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
                              ' PART_TWO()
                              
                              FUNCTION part_two as C ( )
                              
                              'VARIABLES
                              dim vn_field_qnty as N=line_count(vg_form_fields)
                              dim vtbl_name as C=word(vg_form_fields,1,crlf())
                              dim vfrm_name as C=word(vg_form_fields,2,crlf())
                              
                              'SET NEW HEIGHT VALUE
                              dim vheight_new as n=.25
                              dim vfrm as C="testform"
                              
                              'LOOP THROUGH AND CHANGE HEIGHT IF PRESENT
                              dim vfield_now as C
                              dim cmd as C
                              for i = 3 to vn_field_qnty
                              vfield_now=word(vg_form_fields,i,crlf())
                              cmd=":"+vfrm+":"+vfield_now+".object.height ="+vheight_new
                              evaluate_template(cmd)
                              next
                              
                              msgbox("done")
                              end
                              END FUNCTION
                              Mike W
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