5 Replies Latest reply on Feb 11, 2014 1:55 PM by philmodjunk

    Making Text Boxes/Fields smaller

    DanielPinder

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      Making Text Boxes/Fields smaller

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           Is there a trick to reining in text boxes and fields containing text? Some of the fonts I'm needing to use don't seem to make sense where they decide to stop allowing themselves to be resized. I'm using Myriad Pro and Avenir, for example. No matter how small I make the text box, the text hangs at the top of the box and there's a big, meaningless margin of emptiness below it. It is making my small-height list views labored and difficult and generally suboptimal. I would welcome any ideas how to:

           1. Make the box smaller than the font thinks it "needs" to be. Is this ultimately, a Merge Field thing?

           2. how to make the text sit in the middle of a text box. I'm clicking the various text alignment buttons, but some fonts don't respond correctly to this.

           Thanks

            

        • 1. Re: Making Text Boxes/Fields smaller
          philmodjunk

               What version of FileMaker are you using? There are default "padding" values specified for each theme in FileMaker 12 and 13. Using FileMaker 13, you can change those settings to reduce or increase the padding

               

                    how to make the text sit in the middle of a text box.

               There are vertical and horizontal alignment settings that can be specified, but again, as you resize your filed to make it smaller, you can reach a point where the "padding" prevents any visible change to the text's position within the field.

          • 2. Re: Making Text Boxes/Fields smaller
            DanielPinder

                 Here's an example of what I'm seeing (Mac OS 10.8.5, FMP 12.0.5):

                  

                 This is Myriad Pro 14pt and I've set the vertical alignment to all the way to the bottom, but it's padded, as you can see:

                  

                 Here's the same text, set to top-align, and this is the smallest I can make the field box size:


            • 3. Re: Making Text Boxes/Fields smaller
              DanielPinder

                   Might be time to upgrade to 13.0. Will my 12.0 clients see the correctly shrunken results if I fix this with v13?

              • 4. Re: Making Text Boxes/Fields smaller
                DanielPinder

                     Hmm. Just went to 13 Advanced. It's still a disaster (padding is set to 0 all round) and now FM13 has limited my font list! I'm going to make a little video showing the problem.

                      

                     It's as though FileMaker never wants you to "miss out" on any text that you can't see in a field. But this is exactly what I need. If I have a body for list that's 20pts, I cannot have a single line of text go beyond those vertical borders, otherwise I end up with a list that is no longer the height I specified. Know what I mean?

                • 5. Re: Making Text Boxes/Fields smaller
                  philmodjunk

                       In FileMaker 12, there's a control that removes all formatting from a selected object. You might try that in FMP 12 and see if you can then get the results that you want.

                       I've been able to adjust the padding on buttons and fields in FileMaker 13, windows with very good and predictable results so I'm a bit puzzled as to why this would be a "disaster" on a Mac system.

                       

                            If I have a body for list that's 20pts, I cannot have a single line of text go beyond those vertical borders, otherwise I end up with a list that is no longer the height I specified. Know what I mean?

                       No, I do not know what you mean. What kind of "list" are you talking about? A return separated list of values? Why would you want such a list to "go beyond those vertical borders"? Are you trying to place multiple rows of text in a field, but only show the first field--vertically centered between the top and bottom borders of the field? That sounds dangerous, but is quite possible to do if you use padding instead of vertical centering to get the needed results.