A Name control is used to accept names in a composite manner in three different fields which can be later stored in three different columns of a sheet and used as separate entities. The three components are - Title or Prefix, First Name & Last Name.
Properties of Name Control
- Label: Label is a 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 “name” 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. Since Name Control is a composite control and consists of three parts it has three unique names for Prefix, First Name, and Last Name.
- 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 Name Control will be submitted irrespective of the state of the Name Control.
- Never: When this condition is selected, the data in the Name Control will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the Name Control.
- No When Hidden: When this condition is selected, the data in the Name Control will be submitted if the Name Control is visible and not submitted when the Name Control 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 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 text field from the view.
- Theme: This 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.
- Hide Prefix: This option can be used to hide the prefix component of the name.
- Hide Last Name: This option can be used to hide the last name component of the name.
- Max Length: This option is used to limit the maximum character for the Name Control.
- First Name Placeholder: It is a prompt that gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done in the first name field. It is present in the text field and is overridden when the user types something into it.
- Last Name Placeholder: It is a prompt that gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done in the last name field. It is present in the text field and is overridden when the user types something into it.
- First Name Tooltip: This option lets you display a message when the cursor is positioned over the first name field.
- Last Name Tooltip: This option lets you display a message when the cursor is positioned over the last name field.
How to Use a Name Control?
Start with selecting the Name Control from the Advance section of the Controls Menu.
The Name 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 each of the fields of the Name control 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 can be used 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.