And now we come to our third tab, Screen Properties. This tab has three expandable sections, which are the same for every screen you can build or edit in Method designer. The sections are: Settings, Actions, and Versions. Let’s take a look at each.
- Name: This is where you can name your screen.
- Table: This is the Base table of the Screen. It’s greyed out because you already picked the base table for this Screen, and once it’s picked, it’s set permanently. If you need a different base table, you would need to create a new screen.
- Default Control Focus: Have you ever noticed when you navigate to a web page that requests, say, a user name, your cursor is already in the User Name box when the page loads? This is a result of what we call “focus”. The default control focus lets you choose which control will have focus when this screen first loads.
- Internal Note: This is just a convenient little spot where you can leave behind notes to yourself or anyone else who customizes this screen. It’s not visible on the live version of the screen, but anybody who has access to customize this screen will be able to see it.
Every screen in Method has four events for which can trigger actions: Load, Close, Focus, and Active Record Change. Remember this is at the screen level not any particular control and dictates what happens when certain things are done on your screen. It’s difficult to explain without understanding how actions and events work, so we’ve discussed this in further detail in our section on Events and Actions.
Remember when we talked about Versions? If you’ve created multiple versions of this screen, you can select which one you wish to view in the designer from this menu. Each version will have a date and time stamp attached to it to help distinguish one from another. The version you are currently editing will be underlined. If you only have one version of the screen, that’s the only one that will show up!
And that’s it for our overview of the Design Mode. In the Mission section we’ll be walking you through how to use these tools, but it’s recommended that you take a look at our Events and Actions section before you start - that way you’ll know how to make these tools work for you to make your screen run!