Note: a pop up menu and a drop down list are two different field formats with different appearance and behavior.
In addition to the pop up window work around mentioned in that forum, you can also set up a portal with a scroll bar that looks and functions like a checkbox set. Using the scroll bar allows for flexibility in the number of values displayed and the amount of layout area used for this control.
The portal uses buttons, scripts and conditional formatting to simulate the look and behavior of a check box set.
Thanks for the technical info. I'm not looking for a workaround. I was only seeking confirmation that this feature is still not available for Mac OSX in FMP12, as I could not find the answer in the documentation.
It's possible, the normal way, at least on my computer...
The main draw back to this--already noted in the other forum--is that the multiple selections are not visible on your layout once the value list is dismissed. It will, in fact, look like a single value was selected.
For this reason I try to never design my layout so that this option is needed. (But I fully understand that there circumstances where this might be needed.)
It definitely works (on my MacBook, FM12). You need to hit "enter" to make your selections appear in the list. If you just tab out, no selection is made. And if you click on any one of the selected records, only the one you clicked on is selected.
Phil is right.... the operative words are...
MENU versus LIST
To my knowledge LIST have always had extensible selections, following AppleOS HIG's.
Note: All controls like radio button, check boxes, scrolls, Lists, menus...etc. Are generated by AppleOS and not FMP. FMP does the setup.
Note: All controls like radio button, check boxes, scrolls, Lists, menus...etc. Are generated by AppleOS and not FMP.
If only that were true ...
One last point for clarity is use of field set ups...
The Logical OR Function mean Unique .... This OR That.... not both
MENU = POP UP MENU = RADIO BUTTONS = OR
The Logical AND Function mean Multiple.... This AND That.... both
LIST = DROP DOWN LISTS = CHECK BOXES = AND
PS: FMP's term of Value LIST does tend to mix thoughts.
It is true... AppleOS does allow Custom Controls. such as a Map of USA with states as a Custom control with states as buttons.
So far, FMP uses only AppleOS Controls that have been a industry standard since the 80's.
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to try to sort this out for me.
I am prepared to let this go, having reached the following states:
1. I am persuaded that it is best practice to reserve drop-down menus for single selections (even if it is possible to modify this feature in both Windows and Mac), and to use check boxes where multiple selections are desired.
2. After attempting to follow your suggestions, including variations and permutations, I continue to be unable to achieve multiple selections in a drop-down menu, using any combination of keys 'enter,' 'shift,' 'command,' etc., but I'm still smiling.