The third tab for properties panel is the Screen Properties.
This allows you to configure the screen itself, including the screen name and the actions tied to it.
The 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.
- Name: This is where you can name your screen.
- Table: This is the base table of the Screen. All fields available to 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 three events for which can trigger actions: Load, 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.
- Load Event - This event occurs when the screen first loads.
- Focus Event - This event occurs when the screen comes into focus. If a user navigates away and then comes back, this event triggers.
- Active Record Change - This event occurs when the Screen Active Record ID changes. This event is normally used to initialize the screen if the Screen Active Record ID is set.
For more information on events, please see our article What is an Event?
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!