Using the Toolbox Panel

Description

The Toolbox panel contains a collection of layout tools. Each tool is used either to create new objects, such as the Bitmap Tool which lets you insert pictures, or move objects, such as the Horizontal Shift Tool which lets you move multiple objects left or right. You can place a data field on a form by selecting one of the field data controls on the Toolbox panel and sketching its outline on the form.

  •  Selection Tool

    Selects an object on the form so you can modify, move, resize, delete it.

  •  Horizontal Shift

    Selects all objects to its right so you can move them as a group.

  •  Vertical Shift

    Selects all objects below it so you can move them as a group.

  •  Text Object

    Label text can has the following properties: font, point size, style, color, border style, border color, fill color. You can also word wrap the text to multiple lines.

  •  Browse Object

    An embedded browse is good for showing details of child records associated with the parent record on the form.

  •  Subform Object

    An embedded form is a technique for placing more data on a form without overcrowding.

  •  Bitmap Object

    The bitmap tool places a picture on the form.

  •  OLE Object

    OLE objects can add new functionality to an Alpha Anywhere application.

  •  Frame Object

    Places a frame on the form. A frame is good for naming and associating a group of controls.

  •  Line Object

    Places a line on the form. Lines can have thickness and color.

  •  Page Break Object

    The page break indicates where a form should break when it is printed.

  •  Conditional Object

    A conditional object is a container for other controls and dynamically displays those controls based on the values of variables.

  •  Tabbed Object

    A tabbed object has multiple pages and is a container for other controls. A tabbed control is a familiar technique for placing more controls on a form without crowding them.

  •  Hot Spot Object

    A hot spot is an invisible area that responds to mouse clicks. It is typically used to run scripts or set the values of variables.

  •  User Object

    User objects can add new functionality to an Alpha Anywhere application.

  •  ActiveX Object

    ActiveX objects can add new functionality to an Alpha Anywhere application.

  •  Rich Text Object

    You can specify the font, point size, style, and color of rich text. You can word wrap the text to multiple lines. Rich text can dynamically change based on the value of variables.

  •  Button Object

    Places a button on the form. Buttons can have text and/or pictures as Labels, as well as Color and shape. Buttons typically are used to run scripts or set the values of variables.

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