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  • custom screen and find popup

    Beginner question here!!! I have developed opening screen with no tool bars, only buttons. Also disabled Alpha4 from starting normally in the background, so only have the custom screen when starting.

    But, when it starts, the custom screen always has to be maximized. Is there a way to start it fully maximized??? It starts so you can see it, so it is not minimized. But alsways must take that extra step to maximze it.

    One other question. I have a button that brings up the "Find text" dialogue box. Is there a way to specify where that box pops up, so that it is not covering an area of the form below it?

    Thanks for any help in advance.

  • #2
    RE: custom screen and find popup


    On the OnActivate event for the form you can use xbasic or action scripting to force the form to maximize. Open the form in design mode. From the design menu, select Form, Actions. Scroll down the script field to the OnActivate event, right click on the ActionScripting icon in the left window and select Insert Command. Go to the Window category and select Window Maximize, accept all defaults, and save the actions script and form. Now it will open maximized.

    As for the find box, I think where it opens is dictated by Windows and you have no real control over that.



    • #3
      RE: custom screen and find popup

      Regarding the popup location, you could design a form to open as a dialog, and put your prompt in that. Then you can specify where the form will open. I've done this before, but it's somewhat complicated for a beginner.

      In version 5, it will be much easier to create dialog forms.


      • #4
        RE: custom screen and find popup

        Thanks for your help. I must be doing somwthing wrong. I open the database by holding down the Shift key so that I can get to the Alpha menu, etc. I then open the form in design mode, click on Form menu, click on Actions and the Code Editor appears. The Script Tab is the active tab on the field "container" has "form0" and the "Script" filed has "On Activate."

        Below in Action it has Iline Xbasic and to the right in the editor box has Parent.maximize().

        I click on save and this saves the script (I do not rename it) and then save the form.

        When I open it it is still the same and still have to maximize it.

        I do appreciate your time and help and hopefully you will see something little I am doing wrong here.


        By the way, the name of my form is "form". Will that make a difference?


        • #5
          RE: custom screen and find popup

          >>By the way, the name of my form is "form". Will that make a difference?


          • #6
            RE: custom screen and find popup


            That should work. However, others have experienced the same problem where maximize doesn't seem to work. I have not seen this before myself since I rarely use action scripting, but a little experimentation shows that changing Parent to Parentform worked. (result - parentformm.maximize()). The Alpha created parent.maximize() did not work for me either. Both are relative references and sometimes a little experimentation is needed to get everything working correctly. You can also try Topparent.

            Another thing pops out. You say the field container has "form0" when you indicated that the form is named "form". This indicates that the original form is still open. Alpha adds a number after the form name for each instance opened and left open after the original(original - "form", second copy opened - "form0", third copy opened - "form1" and so on) Go up to the windows tab and check if the form is still open. If you edit a second copy, the changes may not be applied to the original.

            I also agree with Ray that you should be careful with names. Alpha does an amazing job keeping everything separated, but why make the job difficult. If the form is an opening menu form, why not name it "MainMenu"? As the database becomes more complex (They all do eventually) you will thank yourself for more descriptive names. Another caveat about names. Avoid spaces, use the underline instead or just use capitalization to "split" the words (like MainMenu above). Alpha will add the underline in scripts and this can be confusing.



            • #7
              RE: custom screen and find popup

              You might want to take a look at the Latest Newsletter. There is an article on naming in issue 4. (Issue 4 was the latest newsletter at the time this was written. And, personally, I think it's a great article - but my opinion might be slightly biased.)

              If you aren't on the newsletter distribution, contact Bill Warner.


              • #8
                RE: custom screen and find popup

                Gee Cal,

                why would you be "slightly" biased? Actually, your article was a very good one and should be required reading for any relatively new user (and some more experienced ones too!) Too often we learn the hard way.



                • #9
                  RE: custom screen and find popup

                  Thanks for your suggestion. It now works when I added "form" to create Parentform.maximize().

                  So now that is good, but.........I am not through with changing some things on the form. Now starting Alpha while holding down the shift key no long works. The form stays maximized and I can't get to what's underneath, I assume the regular Alpha desktop is still under there. When it started "not maximized" I could get to the Alpha desktop to change things, like the scripting to make it maximize on start up.

                  Sorry for these questions. Everyone has been such a great help. I have a lot to learn!!