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  • Disappearing buttons on forms

    The scenario is a form with a tabbed object and a series of buttons to the right of the tabbed object.
    If you switch to browse mode - find a record and return to form mode the buttons have disappeared but if you run the mouse over where they should be they appear.
    I have tried refreshing the display on both the on init and on activate events
    I even tried a button on the form to explicitly show the other buttons when pressed but they did not appear until I ran the mouse over where they should be.
    I have tried with the buttons set to "Always be on top" but that made no difference.
    Anybody else seen this - any ideas ?

    Bob Whitaker

  • #2
    Re: Disappearing buttons on forms

    Bob, I can't offer an explanation for that, mainly because I personally never have switched a form to browse and back. I would expect some quirks.
    I would suggest open an xdialog containing a browse in XML. or easier just open a browse as dialog, and then change the form to selected record number if different.


    • #3
      Re: Disappearing buttons on forms

      Conditional or tabbed objects holding the buttons and the edge of the button is touching the edge of the object.

      Does this occur on multiple computers with different graphic drivers?
      Al Buchholz
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      • #4
        Re: Disappearing buttons on forms

        Depending on whether your users like hot keys or buttons...
        You can override the F8 key action in the OnKey event of the form to open a saved browse .
        In the browse use the doubleclick event to zoom_to_record in your currently open form.
        In the form OnExit event close the browse if it is open.

        One advantage of switching between the browse and form is that you do not have the resize problem, as each layout can maintain its own size.

        I made a couple of functions to assist in this, one opens a browse to a particular record and size, and the other either opens or returns to the existing form at a particular record.

        However, if you are only using the browse as a 'search' tool, then the xml browse dialog is the way to go.

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


        • #5
          Re: Disappearing buttons on forms

          Thank you all for your contributions.
          Its really weird some forms are ok and others not.
          The problem when it arises appears on a number of machines so probably not video card/driver dependent.
          For further information none of the buttons are especially close to the edge of the tabbed object.
          Overall I think all your suggestions are probably better than taking the lazy option of companion form / browse /F8 approach

          Happy Easter to all (if that is no too politically incorrect in these strange times )
          Bob Whitaker