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Disappearing Invisible Buttons

Question asked by LaRetta_1 on Jul 7, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 16, 2010 by LaRetta_1


Disappearing Invisible Buttons


FileMaker Pro


6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Operating system version

Windows XP Professional SP2

Description of the issue

Does anyone remember in older versions of FM how, if a field on a layout lost its connection how the field when clicked in layout mode would simply disappear?  Well, buttons do that as well.  Normally if you want an invisible button, you use a rectangle but, since conditional formatting, we are using invisible buttons so they can be used as backgrounds and turn color.

Steps to reproduce the problem

Create a button but don't specify text on it and don't attach a script or button.  Set the button to transparent fill and transparent line. Place it behind fields and merge fields on a list.  You want to double-click a field to re-specify field or double-click a merge field to modify it but you accidently click only the button instead.

Expected result

Cursor enters the button to allow text. We have discussed in another thread how this happens but here is the issue ... You realize you have entered the background object used to hold your conditional formatting for the line so you de-select (click layout where no object exists). Result expected is to exit the button but leave the button where it was.

Actual result

Your background conditional format object disappears. And one cannot Edit > Undo.  Of course you can go back to Browse mode without saving your layout but you then lose your other work during that session.  Worse still, there is possibility that you won't see it disappear because it is invisible (the conditional format indicator may be hidden behind other objects).

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

No error messages.


Put a space in the button.  But we shouldn't have to. Buttons are NOT text - they are objects and they should stay until we delete them.

As an aside, I like the new bug forum method of posting.  And allowing an upload is greatly appreciated as well.  Thank you, FMI.