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  • Exact location of field according to Screen

    When looking at a form and finding the location of a field, you can easily find it based on the form. However, if you scroll through the form the field moves but its location (since based on the form) remains the same. How do you find the location of a field object contained within a form according to its location on the screen? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Jack

  • #2
    RE: Exact location of field according to Screen

    I'm not sure I understand your question but I'll try to advise as I see things. The field location is fixed relative to the form - that doesn't change. The field location is variable relative to a given screen point, say the top left corner, since as you scroll through the form, the field moves relative to that point.

    If you are trying to find a way of referencing a field location relative to "top left pixel of screen" say, I don't think this can be done. What would the location be if the form is minimized?
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      RE: Exact location of field according to Screen

      That is what I thought, however should I desire to have a form popup under a
      field (instead of using dropdowns--> I hate the always present frame and button) I seem to only be able to have this happen if the form stays maximized. if I move the field (via scrolling) then my popup form will become visable in the exact same location regardless of the field. I am trying to have the popup form follow the field. Jack


      • #4
        RE: Exact location of field according to Screen

        I'm not sure what your popup form is to display or do. If you are showing a list of choices for data entry or the like, have you tried making your form "dialog" style rather than popup. The advantage would be to force a choice before any other action, such as scrolling.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          RE: Exact location of field according to Screen

          Thank you stan for your suggestion and comments, however I think I need to give more details, so here we go.
          Here is what the problem (If this was a problem) is. I have a
          form with Fields called category1 through Category15. Each category is the same
          field repeated 15 times for 15 records. ( I am duplicating a browse sheet) Each
          category should be a dropdown list, but I do not like the button on the list box
          and drop down list. I therefore designed a form with the lookup detail.

          The form is deisgned for the formsize function, I have
          the form size designed for the largest viewing size 1028 pixel. Therefore when I
          view the form at the smallest setting some of the fields are not visable from the
          screen. To see the other fields I must scroll down.

          I can get the exact location using the form top left and the fields top
          left. (It seems that a conversion of 96 times is the closest I can come, although this is not always
          accurate, the first 5 fields work well, but 6 through 9 have increasing spaces
          between the field and the form, and 10-13 are exponetially greater while 14 and 15
          do not appear on the form at all) But if I scroll the form, the top stays the same
          and the field stays the same. Therefore my form that I am calling as a lookup will
          still popup at the same location as before, except it will not appear under the
          desired field. (this field as scrolled up or down from the screens view)

          I have tried:
          every combination of the user object. I thought that this object may give me the
          exact location according to the screen, not the form. I believe that the only one
          that will work is the OnMouse event using the cursor, however, most people will be
          using the keyboard to advance from field to field. The mouse would be completely
          uneffective. ANY IDEAS? Jack


          • #6
            RE: Exact location of field according to Screen

            I don't know how well it would work and can't visualize exactly what you are doing, but investigate sub-forms. They can be hidden until you want to see them, activated and shown through xbasic, and will stay on the form where you put them.

            Shouldn't be all that complicated, though tedious.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              RE: Exact location of field according to Screen

              Thanks Stan, I really was looking for a more universal approach, however, I believe you are right, I will have to have a subform placed where I would like to to be seen when a field is activated, changed etc.