Text Columns

A Text column is the most multipurpose column type, because you can enter any kind of character into it. Text Columns may comprise Customer Names, Product Names, Methods of Payment, etc.

If a column comprises data that doesn't look or behave the way you want, you may edit column General Properties and the properties defined by the column type.

Creating a text column you should know what way of the data entering meets your needs better. You can Type-in text column values or select data form a predefined list of choices. The choices can be displayed as Drop Down, Radio Buttons or Check Boxes.

Type-in Data Entry

When you create a text column, the Type-in option with the Width 40 is set by default. It means that this text column works as a simple text field, where you can type-in up to 40 characters.

To change the maximum length of the text field, specify the number of characters you need in the Width field. Please note that this field is required.

Choices Data Entry

To simplify the data entry process, the Text Column can be presented as a list of entries to choose from. There are three ways of the choices data entry: Drop Down, Radio Buttons and Check Boxes. To create the Text Column with choices, set the Drop Down (or Radio Buttons, or Check Boxes) option and type in necessary entries in the unrolled Choices field. (Note that every new entry should begin with a new line. No punctuation marks are required.)

You may limit the number of characters, set the display attributes and the choices attributes configuring the following properties:

Choices Options

Column Property

Description

* Width

This property allows a user to specify the maximum length of the text field. Please note that this field is required.

Data Entry

This property allows a user to set additional display attributes for a text field:

  • Select the Drop Down (Single Choice with None) if you want the list of entries to be presented as a drop-down list with the None choice in the list;

  • Select the Radio Buttons (Single Choice without None) option if you want the list of entries to be presented as radio buttons with the only possible choice in the list;

  • Select the Check Boxes (Multiple Choices) option if you want the list of entries to be presented as check boxes with a possibility of multiple choices.

Choices

To make up the list of choices, type in necessary entries in the Choices field. (Note that every new entry should begin with a new line. No punctuation marks are required.)

Allow new choices

Select the Allow new choices option if you want to give a user the right to create new entries in the list of entries:

Sort choices

This property allows a user to set additional choice attributes for a text field: Select the Sort choices alphabetically option if you want to present entries in the alphabetical order.

Colorization

To direct users’ attention to some values, you can colorize them. Colorization bases on whether the value contains certain text. More details are described in the Column Value Colorization section.

* - required property.

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