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    Default Text Properties Width Dimension

    When dragging a table field from the DragDropList to a form, there will be a text field (I like to call a label) and a type in field.

    The text field/label will not auto size to the text. So I need to drag the handles or go into the properties and adjust. There is an option when right clicking to size to fit but that does seem to work on the label.

    Does anyone know if there is a setting or easier way to do this?

    PS when dragging the handles sometimes I accidentally change the height. So I prefer not to use this method. Using the text properties method takes more time.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Text Properties Width Dimension

    Give the object focus and while holding the control key down use the arrow keys to size. If you hold the shift key down as well you get smaller increments.
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    Default Re: Text Properties Width Dimension

    Tim,

    Thank You.

    Your suggestion is easier than going into properties. It will also prevent me from resizing the height when dragging the handles. If I had three drag handles it would be easier. My labels are at .187 and only display two handles.

    I am formatting a large number of forms and moving fields around. I was hoping Alpha had some type of setting to autosize to the text. I will use your method unless anyone has a better suggestion. Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Text Properties Width Dimension

    I now see I misread your post. You were referring to the label size fitting to the contents of the label.
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 04-17-2008 at 01:11 PM.

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    Default Re: Text Properties Width Dimension

    Stan,

    The text field/label will not auto size to the text. (I assume you meant type in field.) I meant the field next to the type in field: type = text

    The width size is slightly over 1 inch even if your text is not requiring that large of a width. E.G. I have text ("Labor") to the left of the type in field. The width is over an inch. I was trying to find a quick and easy method to change all my widths to fit the text. So the end result is the width of the text field is only as large as the text in it.

    Yes I have used the arrange toolbar. Most options are for aligning more than one field. My problem is not alignment but the width of the object.

    Thanks for the input.

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    Default Re: Text Properties Width Dimension

    Just for information for anyone that might peruse this thread later I did a little testing.

    If you start from the default form or a custom form specifying several fields, the labels are all created with the same width. It would appear that the system default is to have the label text right justified and the labels aligned so that label text is aligned right across the variety of labels.

    If you then add another field, such as the system date, the label is created with the width of the widest drag-drop object that could have been drag-dropped. IOW the widest of the choices in the system variable box, the variables box, or the table fields box.

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    There is a trick I use (not just for width, but for many other properties) and it's probably easier to illustrate with a video than try to desribe it.

    The problem is, I am running out of room for videos with Jing, so I will post this and delete it very shortly thereafter.

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    Default Re: Text Properties Width Dimension

    In case noone saw what G is referring to.....neither did I....
    As helpful as some things can be, if they are not presented with longevity in mind, then at least a commentary about it would be useful in to at least presenting what the idea is/was. People reading this later will not have a clue otherwise.
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    ..and.. why do you care?

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