Is the field specified to have an 'Auto-enter by calculation'? That is a common way to custom-format phone numbers, for example.
Good guess, but that's not it. Currently, all the fields in the layout have been assigned an Auto-Enter calc of Trim( TextFormatRemove( Self ) ). I disabled the calc but there wasn't any improvement.
Sorry - I didn't pay enough attention to your post; I thought you were trying to remove the spacing between the characters.
I'm struggling with the same issue. There doesn't appear to be a way to manage padding within a field or to edit the gradient boundary around a field when the field's in focus. Either you accept the theme-defined appearance – combining gradient boundary and field padding, but not allowing them to be separated or controlled in any way – or you do without it entirely.
Is anyone at FileMaker following this forum? I've done a lot of hunting around the web and no one seems to have an answer to this. It would be good at the very least to know whether the ability to control these elements is at the developer's disposal.
You can increase the "padding" but not decrease it past the point typical to the themes I've tried so far. If you switch back to classic, you get a much smaller distance between the field borders and the data--and now you can use the "indents" setting in the appearance tab to increase the "padding".
Hi, Phil –
Thanks for your response. The challenge was how to keep the gradient border but lose the padding, since if you switch to classic, you can shed the padding, but then you don't have access to the gradient.
I actually found some answers to this issue: FileMaker does in fact state in one of their tech bulletins that these attributes can't be controlled in FM (see http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10556/~/field-padding-is-not-adjustable-in-filemaker-pro ). But they can be controlled by altering the stylesheet in the app's resources or by creating custom themes in CSS and storing them in the library's Themes folder.
For more detailed info, check out the videos by Garret at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPU7lvCAlL0 and by Matt Petrowsky at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2095A0D8D15CF4FD&feature=plcp . Good info all around.