Form controls reference
Form Control toolbar
|Select||Select a form control to perform some other action on it.|
|Design mode on/off||Toggles between design mode on (to edit forms) and design mode off (to use forms).|
|Control||Launches form control properties dialog box. This dialog box can be kept open as different controls are selected.|
|Form||Launches form properties dialog box, controlling properties for the form as a whole, such as which data source it connects to.|
|Check Box||A box that can be selected or deselected on the form. You can label the box.|
|Text Box||A control to create a box into which the form user can type any text.|
|Formatted Field||A control allowing numeric formatting options. For example, you can set maximum and minimum values for the number entered, or the number type (decimal places, scientific, currency).|
|Push Button||Creates a button that can be linked to a macro. The label is the name that appears on the button.|
|Option Button||Creates an option button (also known as a radio button). When multiple buttons are grouped together, only one can be selected at a time. The easiest way to group multiple buttons is to use the Group Box button on the More Controls toolbar, with wizards enabled.|
|List Box|| Creates a list of options, as a pull-down menu, that the user can choose from. If wizards are on, creating a list box launches the List Box Wizard. This wizard is only useful if your form is linked to a data source.
If the form is not linked to a data source, turn wizards off and create an empty list box. Then click the control button and, in the List Entries option on the General tab, enter the options you want to appear on the list.
|Combo Box||As with a List Box, you set up a list of choices. In addition, a panel at the top either displays the choice made or allows the form user to type in something else. This works the same as the List Box.|
|Label Field||A text label. The difference between this and just typing on the page is that, as a control, you can link a label field to macros so, for example, something happens when the mouse passes over it or clicks on it.|
|More Controls||Launches the More Controls toolbar.|
|Form Design||Launches the Form Design toolbar (which can also be opened with View > Toolbars > Form Design).|
|Wizards On/Off||Some form controls (List Box and Combo Box) have optional wizards. If you do not want the wizard to launch when you create one of these controls, use the Wizards On/Off button to switch wizards off.|
More Controls toolbar
|Spin Button|| Allows form users to choose a number by cycling through the list of numbers. You can specify maximum, minimum, default, and the
step between numbers.
This control is not commonly used in Writer, as the number is not displayed. In Calc, however, a Data tab appears on the Control Properties dialog box, so you can link the spin button to a cell.
|Scrollbar|| Creates a scrollbar, with a number of options to define the exact appearance.
This control is not commonly used in Writer. In Calc, a Data tab appears on the Control Properties dialog box, allowing you to link the scroll bar to a cell.
|Image Button||Behaves exactly like a push button, but displays as an image. Choose the image in the Graphics option on the General tab in the Control Properties dialog box.|
|Image Control||Only useful when the form is connected to a data source and a field in the data source exists that can hold images. You can add new images to the database or retrieve and display images from it.|
|Date Field||Stores a date. You need to configure the earliest and latest dates the field will accept, the default date, and the date format. You can add a spinner.|
|Time Field||Works like a date field but specifies a time.|
|File Selection||Allows a user to select a file, either by typing the path and name directly or by clicking on a Browse button and choosing the file from a dialog box.|
|Numeric Field||Displays a number. Specify formatting, maximum, minimum and default values. You can add a spinner.|
|Currency Field||Works like a numeric field; additionally you can add a currency symbol.|
|Pattern Field||Pattern fields are useful when the form links into a data source. Specify an Edit Mask to restrict what a user can enter into the field. Specify a Literal Mask to restrict which data is displayed from the data source.|
|Group Box|| The group box control has two different uses depending on whether wizards are on or off.
If wizards are on, creating a group box launches the Group Element wizard. This creates a group of option buttons (in which only one may be selected at a time). In most cases, using a group box is the best way to create a set of option buttons.
If wizards are off, a group box is simply a visual box to group together different controls. It has no effect on the way the controls operate.
|Table Control|| Table Control is only useful with a data source. If no data source is specified, you will be prompted to choose one in the Table Element Wizard.
You then pick the fields to display and, when design mode is off, the data appears in the table. The table also includes controls to step through the records.
Records can be added, deleted and modified in the table.
|Navigation Bar||A navigation bar is the same as the Form Navigation toolbar (View > Toolbars > Form Navigation), but can be placed anywhere in the document and be resized.|
Form Design toolbar
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