In the inspector (ctrl/cmd + I), it's under the "appearance" tab. There is a drop down there that allows you to style the "alternate" and "active" states, as well as the default.
See screenshot attached of this menu.
unfortunately if you go to browse mode of table then no effect of alternate in inspector takes place?
You probably need to make sure your fields have no fill, because in table mode it will honor the field formatting
and also, make sure the “use alternate state” checkbox in body is set.
See attached example.
altrowtest.fmp12.zip 65.1 K
I learned something new about Table view today! Thanks.
It appears to have something to do with the Theme. If I change the theme to Classic, both the Part and the Alternate fill items are unlocked in Browse mode.
If I change to Enlightened theme, the Part color stays locked, but the Alternate says it is unlocked. However, making a change to the Alternate color does not change the appearance.
I hope this is helpful.
You are onto something
thanks for your input regarding the browse and layout modes with respect to part and alternate fill
Themes do not have consistency , I am going to research more and will let you know what i find out
thanks for all of your input and providing things to think about.
Tried to unravell the attached example of altrowtest and altrowtestcopy to see how and where the blue alt was added or selected no luck
However regarding John Haffner topic of Themes and how it affects the behavoir of the layouts and browse modes makes me wander why is there no consistency?
This example I am sending to You demonstrates my Budget table in browse mode which uses the "Classic" theme allows the appearance of green bar paper by alternating background colors in Browse mode using FMPAdv 13
however I cannot determine how I did this about 2years ago?
My first screenshot showed where to adjust the states in the inspector. Additionally, when in layout mode you need to double click the body tag (left side of screen), or go into the layout menu > part setup > body part, to get this dialog.
All I did was style the alternate row state using inspector, and then check the box in this screenshot for "alternate row state".
I would steer clear of the classic theme. It's designed to be a catchall for converted themes (it's a basic theme, all of your converted objects get a lot of custom styling on top of the "theme" to make them look like they did before conversion), but layouts perform a lot better when you either rebuild them, or restyle them completely with one of the new themes.
As for that part color/alternate color menu in browse mode, honestly I've never used it before. Hopefully someone can clarify the different behavior that has been seen by John.
This issue could have something to do with Table View also. As I see it, Mike's little demo file works OK in List View, but the Active row state does not seem to function in Table View. This doesn't surprise me in a way, as Table view was introduced as a sort of spreadsheet view, and it uses its own active row indicator down the left side.