Drop Down has one value by default.
Checkbox can have multiple values by default.
Check "1" field contains "1"
Then Check "2" field contains
1 [return] 2
The subsequent checks are added to the bottom - unchecking "1", rechecking "1" will result in 2 [return] 1
Checking "7, 6, 5, 4" will result in 7 [return] 6 [return] 5 [return] 4
You can put a copy of the same field on the same layout with different entry options to see this in action.
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And this is interesting...
Popup Menu VS Drop-down List
The two behave very differently, and are for different purposes.
To prevent your users from entering values other than what's in the list, use a popup menu.
To let them enter values other than what's in the list, use a Drop-down List.If the value list is based on the contents of a field (say, an ID), AND is displaying data from a second field (say, a Name), and you want the value list to only show data from the second field (just the names, even though the IDs are being entered into the field), use a popup menu.
After selecting a value from such a list in a popup, the popup displays the name, while the ID is actually stored in the field. A drop-down list, when you're picking from the list, you only see the names.But once a value is picked, you see the number (not the name) displayed.
VS Drop-Down Plus Pop-up Combo
And then there is the old "drop-down plus pop-up" scheme for use when the value list references two fields (typically a key and a description, to store the key but always display the description)
1] Define a field to use a drop-down menu
2] Overlay a second instance of the same field, specifying a pop-up menu that uses the same value list
... Define the same "Fill" color as the first instance and turn off all borders
3] Check both "Browse Mode" and "Find Mode" under "Field entry" for the bottom (drop-down) instance
4] Uncheck both "Browse Mode" and "Find Mode" under "Field entry" for the top (pop-up) instance
This has the advantage of the easier-to-use and flexible drop-down menu for entry, plus the overlaid second instance always displays the second (description) field.
this seems like it would work but not really what i am looking for.
im interested in having only a drop down list that populates an editable text field.
i would then like the field to operate as stated in the first post.