2 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2013 8:00 AM by PhillipFountain

    Resizing and Positioning Field Positions

    PhillipFountain

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      Resizing and Positioning Field Positions

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           This is probably asking a lot from FileMaker but:

           Is it possible to write a script that adjusts a fields height to remove unwanted white space below the text, and then move the fields stacked below the top field up to keep all content tightly positioned as a group?

        • 1. Re: Resizing and Positioning Field Positions
          philmodjunk

               This is not possible via script in FileMaker, but if you need this effect for printed/previewed/pdf'd layouts:

               Select the field and all objects in the same body part below it and use the sliding and visibility section of the Inspector's position tab to set them to slide up and to resize enclosing part.

               Key facts about sliding layout objects:

                 
          1.           It's only visible in preview mode and when you print/save as PDF...
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          3.           Sliding fields will shrink but not expand.
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          5.           All layout objects below and in the same layout part as the slide/resize field need to also be set to slide up and resize.
          6.      
          7.           Objects in headers and footers will not slide.
          8.      
          9.           Portals will shrink/slide to fit the number of rows of records, but fields within the portal row will not shrink/slide.
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          11.           Fields will slide up only if Top alignment is specified for it and will slide left only if Left alignment is specified.
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          13.           Consistent side borders are difficult to achieve with sliding fields.
          • 2. Re: Resizing and Positioning Field Positions
            PhillipFountain

                 Thanks, this is good information for when I get to the printing or creating PDF reports. I've decided to create a separate field with repetitive text and put the new or different element in bold which may workout.

                 While I'm at it is there a PDF file or other source that provides FileMaker scripting key words, procedures and functions like they do with JavaScript? This would greatly help in focusing in on what I'm currently trying to accomplish.