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  • Open Form with no data

    I have a created a form with approx 20 fields. I would like to have the user to open this form blank (no data showing). On this form I have put a search field where the user selects the search criteria (customer name, city, state etc). I also have a button "Add New" that when pressed would do exactly that allow the user to enter a new record. So back to my question, how to allow the form to open with no data showing.

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    Re: Open Form with no data

    Jon,

    A form is a "window" into a table which allows you to see all or part of one record in the table. If you want to open to a blank record you either have to start a new record and show that or have a blank record in the table and show that.
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: Open Form with no data

      Jon, the field objects in your form layout are automatically bound to the underlying table. When the form opens, whichever record is "current", according to your filtering and ordering criteria, will be displayed. As Stan indicates the way to display "blank fields" in a form is to begin a new record. i.e. place the form in ENTER mode.

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      • #4
        Re: Open Form with no data

        Thanks Stan & Tom... So there no way to have the fields be blank when opening a form and press a button "add new" which would focus on the first field in form. I was hoping to have the form open with no data in the fields, the user would chose what record they wanted to see by using a search criteria and only those records that fit the criteria would be displayed.

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        • #5
          Re: Open Form with no data

          Hi Jon,
          So there no way to have the fields be blank when opening a form and press a button "add new" which would focus on the first field in form
          You can open a form with all fields blank when the form has been set to open as a new record. The button to "add new" would be for the next new record.
          Regards
          Keith Hubert
          Alpha Guild Member
          London.
          KHDB Management Systems
          Skype = keith.hubert


          For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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          • #6
            Re: Open Form with no data

            Keith, is there a way to open a form as a new record (blank fields) other than the way Stan & Tom suggested...

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            • #7
              Re: Open Form with no data

              Hi Jon,

              Just like Tom said you open the form in Enter Mode.
              Lets say you have a Menu form, and on that form you put a button to open the desired form, one of the options you have when creating the script in Action Scripting, is to open the form as a new record. Job done.

              Stan's idea would mean always having the first record with all fields blank. You would then open the form in read only mode and have your "Add New" record button do just that.
              Last edited by Keith Hubert; 03-01-2009, 04:37 PM.
              Regards
              Keith Hubert
              Alpha Guild Member
              London.
              KHDB Management Systems
              Skype = keith.hubert


              For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!

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              • #8
                Re: Open Form with no data

                Originally posted by jbk View Post
                Keith, is there a way to open a form as a new record (blank fields) other than the way Stan & Tom suggested...
                What other way could there be and why would you want another way? In other words, what is it that happens when you do it this way that bothers you?

                It is probably possible to have a form open with all fields disabled (so the user can't enter data in them) and have the font equation for the fields to be "white on white" (terribly hard to read) so that the form appears blank. Pushing your add new button would reset the font equations to "black on white" and enable the fields you wanted.

                Awful lot of work for no apparent benefit.
                There can be only one.

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                • #9
                  Re: Open Form with no data

                  Jon, it still seems you are missing an important point. The field objects you place on the form are not "disconnected" from the table supporting your form. If such a field displays a "blank" then so does the corresponding field in the record buffer for underlying table. You may be used to other development environments where the field objects are simply bound to variables, and the developer must populate the variables in order to display "field values" on screen. That's NOT how Alpha works. When you drag/drop a table field on to your form layout it's automatically bound to the corresponding field in your table. Much easier.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Open Form with no data

                    Stan, I agree... Thanks for the help.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Open Form with no data

                      Tom, Got it....

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