The Phone control is simply used to accept the Phone number in a composite manner in two different fields which can be later stored in two different columns of a sheet and used as separate entities. It consists of two components - Country Code or Prefix & Phone number which can then be accessed uniquely.
- 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 “phone” type.
- Unique Names: 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 Phone Control is a composite control and consists of two parts it has two unique names for Country code and Number.
- 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 Phone Control will be submitted irrespective of the state of the Phone Control.
- Never: When this condition is selected, the data in the Phone Control will never be submitted irrespective of the state of the Phone Control.
- No When Hidden: When this condition is selected, the data in the Phone Control will be submitted if the Phone Control is visible and not submitted when the Phone 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 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.
- Phone Placeholder: It is a prompt that gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done in the Phone field. It is present in the field and is overridden when the user types something into it.
- Phone Tooltip: This lets you display a message when the cursor is positioned over the Phone field.
- Country Placeholder: This gives a hint to the user as to what has to be done in the Country field.
- Default Country: This lets you set a default country for the Country code field which can be later changed by the user.
How to Use the Phone Control?
Start with selecting the Phone Control from the Advance section of the Controls Menu.
The Phone 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 Phone 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: By using the Static option, you can directly type in the text that you want to display.
- Sheet: The Sheets option allows you to get data from a sheet and display it in the text field.
- Control: Control options allows you to bind data to the text field by using another control’s value present in the microapp.
- Formula: The Formula options can be used to apply formulas and store the output of those formulas in the text field. You can learn more about formulas here.