3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 25, 2013 3:44 PM by DonaldKelsey

    Questions on styling portals



      Questions on styling portals


      I created a portal with multiple rows, and multiple fields in the row. I selected the option to have a color background for alternate rows. How can I make the fields transparent (not white) so the alternate row color shows through?


      Also ... is there a way to add labels to the top of each field in the portal itself, so the user knows what data to enter into the field? Or do I just add text labels on the layout above the portal?


      Thank you,



        • 1. Re: Questions on styling portals

          While in layout mode, select the portal field.

          In the status area, click the Aa button if the formatting bar isn't visible.

          On the top right are fill and pen colors and patterns.

          Select the Transparent Fill pattern (Top left square in the pattern palette) and you're done.


          When working with the portals, you can resize the portal row to be tall enough that you can place layout text above or to the left of a field if you wish. Simply click on the portal while in layout mode and drag the small black squares (selection handles) to resize the portal rows (or enter a different height in the height box on the position tab of the inspector (filemaker 11).

          • 2. Re: Questions on styling portals

            Thanks, Phil!

            That worked great!

            • 3. Re: Questions on styling portals

                   Nice answer for first part; no answer to second part re portal field labels.  The subsequent post re Portal Field Labels only works on occasion for me eg.
                    double click field and select label.  When moved to field over column will not necessarily be there after saving and changing to browse. By the same token selecting text, creating box and typing the label won't consistently work.  Yes, it will SOMETIMES. What is the other condition necessary to make this work consistently? Thanks.