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OpenEdge Development: AppBuilder
Multiple Layouts : Alternate layout limitations
 
Alternate layout limitations
Alternate layouts are somewhat less flexible than the master layout. This section describes the limitations of alternate layouts.
Modifiable properties
Within an alternate layout, you can change some, but not all of the properties that you can change in the master layout. Table 16 lists the properties that you can change.
 
Table 16: Modifiable properties in alternate layouts 
BGCOLOR
GRAPHIC-EDGE
TITLE-FGCOLOR
COLUMN
HEIGHT
VIRTUAL-HEIGHT
EDGE-PIXELS
ROW
VIRTUAL-WIDTH
FGCOLOR
SEPARATORS
VISIBLE
FILLED
THREE-D
WIDTH
FONT
TITLE-BGCOLOR
 
Note: To exclude a widget from a particular alternate layout, set the Remove from Layout toggle box in the widget’s property sheet.
Text widgets in alternate layouts
You can insert text widgets only in the master layout. If the master layout contains a text widget, you cannot cut or change the properties of the widget in an alternate layout. However, you can simulate a text object in different layouts by using a fill‑in object with no label and activating the VIEW-AS-TEXT toggle box in the fill-in’s property sheet. The content of the field will appear to be a static text object.
Combo boxes in alternate layouts
In an alternate layout, you can only modify the height of a simple combo box. You cannot modify the height of a drop-down or drop-down list.
SIZE-TO-FIT setting
The SIZE-TO-FIT setting works only for the initial call to the master layout. In fact, when you change layouts, the width/height of the frame that you see is the design size, not the initial SIZE-TO-FIT size; that is, there is a margin on the right and bottom, even if you choose to set the layout to the master layout.