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  • Memo

    This is probably a very basic question but how do I get the memos to expand and stay that way so I can see what they say? I have a copy of "Learning Alpha Five"
    Not very helpful I'd say. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    James Welsh

  • #2
    RE: Memo

    "This is probably a very basic question but how do I get the memos to expand and stay that way so I can see what they say?" - In a browse, on a form, where? Stay open all the time or just while you're examining the memo? Clicking in the upper right hand corner of a memo field opens the memo editor.

    Create a fixed width text field if that's what you want. The whole rationale of a memo field is that it can store data of indeterminate length.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      RE: Memo

      Thanks for the reply. I already have the data in my file I just don't know how to keep the memo box open. I don't know much about data bases. I used Alpha 3 way back in DOS but that was a long tme ago. I upped to Alpha 5 and I'm having a few problems that I'll work ou I hope.
      I would do what you suggested but I really don't know how.

      Thanks again,
      James Welsh


      • #4
        RE: Memo

        In the Alpha control panel, tables/sets tab, right click on the table name that has the memo field. Choose "Edit Structure". Go to the bottom of the list of field names and begin entering a new name. Tab to the next column and choose "Character", column will default to whatever the previous row contains. Tab to the next column and set the field width, maybe something like 40, tab again and leave at zero.

        Go to the file menu at the top left of the Alpha screen and choose save. Close the structure window. You will now have added a simple character field to your table.

        Go to the operations tab of the control panel. Click the new button just above the tab. Choose "Update Records" in the left column, choose your table name in the right column, click on the "create" button. In the left column, type in or choose the name of the new character field. In the next column, type in or choose the memo field name. Leave last column empty.
        Click on the "lightning bolt" "Run" button near the top center of the Alpha screen. Message will appear telling you how many records were processed. Your "memo" data should now be in the character field.

        You can remove the memo field from the table when you are satisfied with the results by steps similar to adding the character field. Just hilight the row with the memo "type", hit the delete key, and save.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          RE: Memo

          Thank you once again. I have printed your out instructions and I will work my way through. I appreciate your patience.

          James welsh