The Text Control allows the user to enter or edit any text data as an input in a Text field. Text Control is used to accept a single line of text data. For example, use a Text Control to accept the name or city or designation of an employee.
- Label: Label is the text that is displayed above the text box and helps the user to understand what they are supposed to input in the text box.
- Properties: These properties help you customize the Label by changing the text size, weight ( Light, Normal, Bold, Extra Bold, X Extra Bold), alignment (Left, Center, Right, Justified) and color of the label.
- Type: The Type field is automatically generated depending upon the type of control used. In this case, it is a “text” type.
- Unique Name: A Unique Name is used to uniquely identify a control in your App. Every control that is added on the screen gets an auto-generated Unique Name based on the Label name given to the control.
- Submit Data: This field lets you determine whether to send the value of the control or not in Workflow, based on various control states. There are three conditions that could be set for this field.
- Always: When this condition is selected, the data in the text field will be submitted irrespective of the state of the text field.
- Never: When this condition is selected, the data in the text field will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the text field.
- No When Hidden: When this condition is selected, the data in the text field will be submitted if the text field is visible and not submitted when the text field is hidden.
- Required: When you select the required option, the field becomes a mandatory field and the user can not submit without filling it.
- Read Only: When you select this option, the user will no longer be able to edit this field.
- Hidden: The hidden option helps you to hide the field from the user. This might help to perform some computation you don’t want the user to see or if you want to show certain fields only when a specific condition is met/not met.
- Caching: When the caching option is selected and if a LOOKUP formula is applied to this control, the value that the LOOKUP returns will be cached and the user will be able to see this value in the text field even when he accesses the microapp later with no connectivity. This option is required when you want your app to be accessible in offline mode as well and getting the latest data from the sheets always is not critical.
- Hide Label: This option hides the label of the text field from the view.
- Theme: The theme option lets you choose the color of the text box. You can either enter a custom hex code value or use one from the available themes in the builder.
- Placeholder: It is a prompt to give a hint to the user as to what has to be done. It is present in the text field and is overridden when the user inputs something into it.
- Input Type: The input type defines the type of data that the text field will accept. There a three input types for a Text Control:
- Text - This type is used to accept text data. Any data that you input is treated as text.
- Email - This is a special type of input that accepts Emails in a valid email format. It has an in-built validation to check the email format. If the email is not in a valid email format, then the app will throw an error message "Invalid Email ID".
- URL (Link) - This type is used to store links or URIs from the screen.
- Tooltip: This option lets you display a message when the cursor is positioned over the text field.
- Show Barcode Scanner: When this option is selected, it creates an option to scan a barcode to enter data to the text field when a device with a camera is used to access the microapp.
- Character Limit: The character limit lets you set the minimum/ maximum number of characters that are allowed to be entered in the text field.
How to Use Text Control?
Start with selecting the Text Control from the Basic section of the Controls Menu.
The text box will then appear on the screen in the builder, you can then set all the above-mentioned properties as per your requirements.
You can use the F option to bind data to the text field and the V option to add validations to the field. You can learn more about validations here. There are four ways in which you can bind data to the text field.
- Static Data: This allows you to directly type in the text that you want to display.
- Sheet: This allows you to get data from a sheet and display it in the text field.
- Control: This allows you to bind data to the text field by using another control’s value present in the microapp.
- Formula: This is used to apply formulas and store the output of those formulas in the text field. You can learn more about formulas here.