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    I'd like a form to open automatically when I fire up Alpha5. Sorta like when I open up my web page with my browser and whola... there it is. I can't find any instruction to open up a menu without having to first go through all the folders. HELP. (I bet it's so simple)


    RE: Default menu

    With the control panel displayed, click on File/Database Properties/Startup and select the startup form.


      RE: Default menu


      Big time thanks. It was sooo easy. Now how can I perform a simple mathmatical expression. I've got a small insurance agency and in each client data file, I assign a premium in individual forms from January to December. Each month I need to know the total production (premiums collected) and also an ongoing total as the months go by. Yikes! The manuel is not so specific. Grats.



        RE: Default menu

        Glad to know you're making progress. In general, it's better to ask a new question in a new thread. Then more users will see the question under the new subject and respond. Also makes it easier to find a thread on a particular subject if you want to look it up later.

        Regarding the expression: Do you want to show it on a form, a report or both?

        Alpha has several ways to total fields. In the expressions manual look at tablesum, dbsum, total, runtotal (there's more of these than on this list.) The one used will depend on your needs and structure of your application.

        Here's a suggestion. Create another table to hold the receipts. The new table would be linked 1 to many in a set to the client by the client number. As each entry is made, you would use the post field rule to post the payment to the client for a running total. You could use the table sum expression to total the collections by month and year on a report at the end of each month. I would record receipts by month/date/year so you can leave the main table/set intact and extract years and months for reporting.

        If you haven't already done so, I'd suggest you get one of the books available from alpha that will help you learn programming. There's also a tutorial available for download (I'll try to find the link and send it along) and Susan Bush has made her new book available chapter by chapter for free with each issue of the Alpha Newsletter. Peter Wayne has an excellent book on programming in Alpha5. And of course, keep posting questions here. You'll find some of the nicest people on the WEB here at the Alphasoftware message board.


          RE: Default menu

          The tutorial is available as one of the downloadable books. I sent more info in an email.


            RE: Default menu

            Thank you Ohlen... sorry for not responding, the world stage has become a bit more important than Alpha5. Will get the book. Grats.