Update Controls on Screen Action

This action allows you to edit the value of a control

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The Update Controls on Screen action allows you to change the value of a control (objects and fields) on the screen. 

For example, this can be used to update the display text on a text object, or an option in a dropdown.

Not every control can be updated via this action, however. Here are a list of objects that can be updated:



Control to Update

The control on screen to change. This includes objects and fields.

Update control using this value

The value can be typed in manually or pulled from the session, action results, or other controls.

Add another control

You can update multiple controls at a time by adding more controls.

Example Scenario

In this scenario, we are going to reverse engineer the Activity screen to showcase how the Update Controls on Screen action works.

If you open up an existing activity, you will see a screen similar to this:

In this example, we are only concerned with the header text which displays "Activity:143". The Activity:143 text is displayed using a text object called "Activity" as shown below in the design mode:

This field is updated in the screen's Active Record Change event (more information on this event in our article List of Events). 

When you select that event, there are a lot of actions, but we'll focus on two of them:

  • Character Functions: this action joins together the text "Activity:" with the Record ID of the activity and stores it in an action result called resultActivityHeader.

  • Update Controls On Screen: this action takes that action result and updates the Activity text control which we will cover below.

When you select the Update Controls on Screen action (action #8 in the list), you will see how it is configured. 

As you can see, all this action is doing is taking the action result resultActivityHeader and updating the text in the text object Activity

As a result, the activity header will properly display the Record ID of the activity being viewed.

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