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    Default Using form caption instead of form name on open form tabs at screen bottom

    Is it possible to use form captions instead of form names on the tabs that appear at the bottom of a screen showing open forms?

    Is it possible to remove the icon displayed these tabs?

    And finally is it possible to anchor a tab at the left like "Control Panel"?
    If I have a form "Menu", I would like its tab to remain at the far left next to "Control panel" rather than move to the right as additional forms are opened.

    I may be from the old school, but I cut my teeth on dBase III and always have used signficant prefixes:

    Thus I named my forms
    frmPerson
    frmOrganization

    frm = form
    rpt = report
    tbl = table, etc.

    However, I do not want my user to deal with my technical name for the object. In fact, I may create a form "frmPerson" and assign it a caption property of "Contact".

    I would like the word "Contact" to appear on the tab, not "frmPerson".

    Is there anyway this can be done?

    In the example below, I had to create a new form "Contact" and a new form "Organization", which I would rather not do.

    Why is this important? I want the ability to customize the names a user sees when he uses the form, without changing the underlying form.

    Thus, my object is frmPerson, but users might see any of the following on the tab:
    Person
    Contact
    Member
    Associate

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    Default Re: Using form caption instead of form name on open form tabs at screen bottom

    Is it possible to use form captions instead of form names on the tabs that appear at the bottom of a screen showing open forms?
    Yes. See the attached screenshot.

    And finally is it possible to anchor a tab at the left like "Control Panel"?
    If I have a form "Menu", I would like its tab to remain at the far left next to "Control panel" rather than move to the right as additional forms are opened.
    While I don't have the answer....I hope someone chimes in with an answer that allows this functionality.

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    Default Re: Using form caption instead of form name on open form tabs at screen bottom

    You can set the Z-Order of a window to "Bottom". I found it in the help under "Window, send to bottom". I think I also saw it under using a form as "Wallpaper".
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    Default Re: Using form caption instead of form name on open form tabs at screen bottom

    Hi Robert,
    Along with what has been said you can also programatically change the form's title (which will also change the bottom caption if the Preference noted by Jeff is "Yes")....check out the Object Explorer to find the syntax for your form's title. It would be something like topparent.Window_title ="My New Form Title". This way you could dynamically change it.
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    Default Re: Using form caption instead of form name on open form tabs at screen bottom

    Robert,

    May not be what you want, but maybe not use the tabs on bottom at all. I went away from them totally a long time ago. Did a little dbase too(a long time ago). My users NEVER see the control panel. everything is menu driven.

    Note that "alpha" and it's icon does not show on the windows bar or the upper left of the form.

    Not trying to change your ways, but if it makes sense?

    see below at form "Begin":
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    Default Re: Using form caption instead of form name on open form tabs at screen bottom

    Actually Z-order wouldn't help much since I tried it and it will not lock the bottom form into the first tab slot on the left but on the right.
    Robin

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    Default Re: Using form caption instead of form name on open form tabs at screen bottom

    Robin,

    Thank you for your suggest.

    I found the same result unfortunately. I am going to post this to the wish list.

    If you can use Z-order to change the sequence of open windows, I think it should also used to sequence tabs representing open forms.

    Bob McGaffic

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