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Visual Designer Properties view
The Properties view displays the full set of properties and events for the currently selected objects on the Design Canvas, and allows you to view and edit their values.
This view is included by default in the OpenEdge Visual Designer perspective and most other standard perspectives. To display it if it is not currently open, select Window > Show View > Properties.
The Properties view has two tabs, Properties and Events. Each tab includes a two-column grid that shows the name of the property or event on the left and its value, if defined, on the right.
*Properties tab - The technique for editing property values varies according to the specific property and the data type. Click in the right column and edit the value as appropriate. Many properties offer specialized design tools or drop-down selection lists. Many also support direct entry by typing.
*Events tab - An event value is the name of the corresponding event-handler method. (Double-clicking an event's name or value column automatically creates an event subscription and a handler method and switches focus to that method in an OpenEdge ABL Editor window.) You can enter or edit an event handler name by direct typing, or you can select a method from the drop-down list (which shows available methods whose signature matches that of the event.
Note: In addition to inherited .NET events, the Events tab displays the ABL events that are defined in an ABL-derived .NET class using the DELEGATE or the SIGNATURE clause. The events using the SIGNATURE clause appear in the Events tab only if their signature follows the .NET convention for event handler signatures. For more information on the conventions for .NET event handler signatures, see Class Events Referencein the ABL Language Reference.
In addition to the name-value grid, the Properties view includes the following elements:
Name (unlabeled text box at top of view)
Displays the name of the control or form currently selected on the Design Canvas, and the class of which it is an instance. The down-arrow button to the right of the field displays a drop-down list of all objects on the Design Canvas, from which you can select a different object. Typing a letter while focus is on the name field selects the first object whose name begins with that letter.  
Sort by Categories
Displays the grid with entries grouped in categories.
Sort Alphabetically
Displays the grid with entries in alphabetical order.
Resets the selected property or event to its default value.
Commands panel (below grid)
Provides links to any available design tools or custom property pages for the selected object. You can toggle the display of this panel on or off from the context (right-click) menu.
Description panel (below grid)
Provides help text for the selected property or event. You can toggle the display of this panel on or off from the context (right-click) menu.