1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 14, 2012 8:57 AM by philmodjunk

    Expanding Fields?



      Expanding Fields?


      Hi Everyone,

      I have created a form in FileMaker v11 on Windows 7, which has 3 text fields across and 25 text fields down and covers two A4 pages.

      The form is used by staff to fill out, however, certain fields can have more text typed into them then can be printed out. Is there a way that I can make the fields automatically expand to accomodate the extra text that's typed and automatically move the fields down that are below?

      Many thanks


        • 1. Re: Expanding Fields?

          For printing or data entry/browsing?

          For printing, saving as PDF or Previewing you can set up a second layout where the fields in question are sized extra large and then you set them to slide up and resize the enclosing part. These are settings on the sliding and visibility section of the inspector's position tab.

          For browsing/data entry, this can't really be done but you can add a scroll bar to the field if you wish.

          Key facts about sliding layout objects:

          1. It's only visible in preview mode and when you print/save as PDF...
          2. 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.
          3. Objects in headers and footers will not slide.
          4. Portals will shrink/slide to fit the number of rows of records, but fields within the portal row will not shrink/slide.
          5. Fields will slide up only if Top, alignment is specified for it and will slide left only if left alignment is specified.
          6. Consistent side borders are difficult to achieve with sliding fields.