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    Form handling question

    In my application I have some forms I want opened using frmName.maximized() I have others that I want to open more like a dialog that is not maximized, However when I open one of these smaller forms the ones that maximized change to standard window form. On the left is the way I want to keep that form even though the Quick Search is opened. However, when I open the quick search I get the normal window look. I have tried dfferent events and different property settings without success. I will assume this is a simple solution but I am confounded right now...

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    maximized.png search window open.jpg

    John W.

    Re: Form handling question

    I am a bit old fashioned, and run "full screen" apps
    where I want to use a smaller window for a nother form, I open as dialog
    There are many advantages to this approach - like if you have a long script, and you open a 2nd form as a dialog to get their answers to certain questions that will affect the rest of the script, the script will stop unitl they close the smaller window.

    I am on one form, maximixed, and the user presses a button that opens the 2nd form:

    the button onpush event:
    dim global answer as c
    f=form.view("the other form name","dialog")
    if answer="Print It - Option 1"
    'do something
    elseif answer="Print It - Option 2"
    'do something else
    end 'do nothing
    end if

    the second form, in properties, has no menus, is set to open in default position, and use form size for size

    however, if you are using a muti-windowed app, note that until they close the 2nd form, all other windows are disabled - which is the way I want it.
    Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
    972 524 8714
    [email protected]

    "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


      Re: Form handling question

      Martin - thanks for the suggestion it may be the answer. I was hoping for a bit more granular control over the windows themselves through the properties. I thought I could control this in the properties by opening as modal and setting type as dialog, However, none of those settings gave me the desired outcome

      I will give the code a try. I am wondering what impact this may have on my layouts, I may have to redo them.

      Thanks again

      John W.


        Re: Form handling question

        if you like - send me alink and I will help you do one of them, and expalin the process, etc. 972-524-8714 [email protected]
        Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
        972 524 8714
        [email protected]

        "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


          Re: Form handling question


          I appreciate the help. I seem doing something wrong. I use the form_view("formName","dialog") method it raises an error. It coild be I am placing it in a form onInit event and not the button OnPush event. Can I give you a call in the morning?

          John W.


            Re: Form handling question

            Try form.view(

            form_view( doesn't exist (yet)


              Re: Form handling question

              Ray -You are right about the name, it was form.view() I was trying. I did the cut and paste process from the help and filled in the parameters but it did not work.

              I am learning Xbasic, so periodically I think I know something when I don't, so the result is a I regularly create a method or property that does not exist... that would be bad enough but when I display my non-existing method to the whole world for consideration...well...

              I am a bit surprised that there is not a bit more granular control over the windows in the properties. I never imagined the changing a a setting associated with a particular object such as form1 would impact form2 which has not been called and that the form2 settings would impact form1 when it was initiated and shown.

              I guess its the leg bone is connected to the knee bone... type of thing.

              Thanks for the responses.

              John W.


                Re: Form handling question

                I just spent time with Martin Cole. I posted the images above consider those to before Martin. After he shared a bit the magic he uses the new image below is after Martin. He was able to guide through the desired outcome and share a lot of other useful knowledge.

                I just wanted to publicly thank him for his kindness and time. There are so many who have helped me with learning A5. Its very cool and very much appreciated.


                John W.