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    I have a form "Delete Property" that is based on a table and is called by a button on the "Main Menu". I duplicated the form and changed the name and made many changes. I also modified the button on the "Main Menu" to go to the new form. However, it errors with the message that the OLD form does not exist. I also tried changing the name of the original form and it also got an error. What am I missing?

  • #2
    Re: Form does not exist

    What you have described should work.

    So something else is missing.

    Can you post an example that shows the issue?

    When you change the main menu, you need to save the code and then save the main menu form.

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    • #3
      Re: Form does not exist

      Thank you Al, it has been awhile. I have attached some screen snags showing the problem. GR Main Menu has a button which calls "Property Main Menu". Shown on the "Forms" snapshot is the form "Edit Property V2" which I duplicated as "Delete Property". In the "Change Name" snapshot it shows I changed the "Delete Property Records" button to point to the new "Delete Property Record" form. I saved both the script and the form. When the "Delete Property Record" button is pressed, the error message pops up. It does that 3 times and then goes to the new form. Any ideas?

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      • #4
        Re: Form does not exist

        Do you have some code in the form's events that references the form by object name?

        I just tested renaming a form after creating a button to open it. The error message I received was

        Form not found "Old Form Name".

        Which is of course different from your the object does not exist.............
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Form does not exist

          The "Delete Property Records" only has the OnPush event which opens the "Delete Property" form. However, the "Delete Property" form had OnInit and OnActivate events and each had "Show All Records" and "Disallow Edits". I removed them and it now works. Why would they cause that error? My production database has those events and it works fine - when I duplicated the form and changed it is when the error occurred. ??????????


          • #6
            Re: Form does not exist

            The xbasic behind the scenes of an Action Script element to Show All Records can be written different ways in different versions. In V10, which I don't have access to at the moment, it could have referenced the form "object name". Renaming the form did not change the object name to match so when the Show All Records attempted to execute the object could not be found.

            This is generally avoided by using relative addressing such as

            topparent.show_all() or parentform.show_all()

            instead of


            Not saying you did this, just that it can happen.
            Last edited by Stan Mathews; 10-20-2016, 12:45 PM.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              Re: Form does not exist

              Stan......... Thanks for taking the time to explain - that makes sense.

              Last edited by aanthony13; 10-19-2016, 03:57 PM.