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How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

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  • How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum


    We have a grid with a comment field. The grid has fixed column widths.
    if the users enter a long comment the row height becomes really big (see Screenshot).
    The User wants to be able to adjust the row height by himself just as he can do in Excel. Is this possible?

    if not how can I fix the row height maximum size, so e.g. the row does not get bigger than 1in. It tried following:

    In the column properties but it did not help.
    Can anybody help me along my way?
    Thank you.

  • #2
    Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

    Change the field to left(myfield, 100) to show just the first 100 characters and then have a popup dialog to show the rest of the text.
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    • #3
      Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

      Thank you. that should do the trick!


      • #4
        Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

        It is also sometimes useful to place the field in the bubble help so that a mouse-over is all that is needed. e.g. {description}


        • #5
          Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum


          thanks for all your help. I offered the users shortening of the text length and showing the complete text in the bubble help or in the corresponding dialog. But no, they did not want me cutting off the text. So I widened the Colum to 5in! Which I personally think is quite annoying and (I’m sure they will soon think the same) because of having to scroll that much more. But the users want to see all the text at a glance without the rows being so high... of course they want it all.... just everything one can do in Excel. Sometimes it is annoying :-(

          Thanks anyway.


          • #6
            Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

            Is there a reason why you are forcing the column widths? Why not let Alpha display them accordingly, or set only a few of the critical widths and let the others be adjusted accordingly.


            • #7
              Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

              Yes there is, A5 forces me to fix the column widths if I set the "Grid body can scroll" property to on. And the users want to scroll and not to page through the information.


              • #8
                Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

                You could consider not setting this scroll option, instead allowing more records per page and using the browser's scroll.
                It is difficult to have dynamically (drag and drop) resizable columns. Note that although jQuery plugins like may allow you to resize a column, they may not re-wrap the text as you might expect. This tells me that it may be harder that expected to achieve.


                • #9
                  Re: How can I enable the user to set the row height or fix the row height maximum

                  Thanks Andy,

                  I originally did as you said. No scroll option and used the browser scroll. the problem there was that the column headers/Labels scroll out of sight. But with the scroll option turned on, they stay where they should.

                  Thanks for the link, I will look in to it.