The Text Area control lets the maker accept multiple lines of text in a single field. It can hold an unlimited number of characters, and the text renders in a fixed-width font. For example, it can be used to accept reviews or descriptions of products.

Properties

UI properties

  • Label: Label is the text that is displayed above the text block 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 “textarea” 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.
  1. Always: When this condition is selected, the data in the text block will be submitted irrespective of the state of the text block.
  2. Never: When this condition is selected, the data in the text block will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the text block.
  3. No When Hidden: When this condition is selected, the data in the text block will be submitted if the text block is visible and not submitted when the text block 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 block 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 block from the view.

Properties

  • Max Length: It allows you to define the maximum length interns of characters that the text block will accept.
  • Placeholder: It is a prompt that 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.
  • Theme: It allows you to 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.
  • Area height: The area height option lets you define the height of the text block calculated by the number of lines you enter that will be visible on the screen of the user. It is set to 10 by default and can be changed as per the requirements.

How to Use Text Area Control?

Start with selecting the Text Area Control from the Basic section of the Controls Menu.

The text block 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 text block 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 block.

  1. Static Data: It allows you to directly type in the text that you want to display.
  2. Sheet: It allows you to get data from a sheet and display it in the text block.
  3. Control: It allows you to bind data to the text block by using another control’s value present in the microapp.
  4. Formula: It allows you to apply formulas and store the output of those formulas in the text block. You can learn more about formulas here.

Preview

Text Area with a placeholder (Area height default)

Text Area with bound data (Area height 5)

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