The Numeric Control is used for collecting data or for calculating numeric values based on other inputs. It accepts any numeric data like Whole numbers, Decimals, etc.
Properties of Numeric Control
- Label: Label is the text that is displayed above the container box and helps the user to understand what they are supposed to write.
- 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 “numeric” 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 on the basis of 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 field will be submitted irrespective of the state of the field.
- Never: When this condition is selected, the data in the field will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the field.
- No When Hidden: When this condition is selected, the data in the field will be submitted if the field is visible and not submitted when the 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 field even when the user 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 field from the view.
- Format: There are three formatting options available. You can use one of these options as per the function of the numeric control. These options are as follows:
- Normal: The normal format will display the number exactly as it is input by the user.
- Currency: The Currency format rounds off the input value to the nearest whole number.
- Accounting: The Accounting format is used for accounting purposes and it displays the negative values in brackets.
- Decimal Precision: This defines the number of digits after the point to be displayed. It can be defined as 0 if no decimal points are desired.
- Show Barcode Scanner: This creates an option to scan a barcode to enter data to the field when a device with a camera is used to access the microapp.
- Theme: This lets you choose the color of the Container box. You can either enter a custom hex code value or use one from the available themes in the builder.
- Placeholder: This gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done. It is present in the field and is overridden when the user types something into it.
- Tooltip: This option lets you display a message when the cursor is positioned over the field.
How to Use a Numeric Control?
Start with selecting the Numeric Control from the Basic section of the Controls Menu.
The Numeric Control will then appear on the screen in the builder, you can then set all the above properties as per your requirements.
You can use the F option to bind data to the Number 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 Number field.
- Static Data: This is used to type in the data that you want to display.
- Sheet: This is used to get data from a sheet and display it in the field.
- Control: This allows you to bind data to the 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 field. You can learn more about formulas here.