A Grid Menu Control is a Navigation control that has a grid-based layout system, with rows and columns with icons placed in the grid for easy navigation to different screens in the microapp.
- Label: Label is the text that is displayed above the control and helps the user to understand the purpose of the Grid Menu Control.
- 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 “gridmenu” 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.
- 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 state that the LOOKUP returns will be cached and the user will be able to see this state of the 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 when getting the latest data from the sheets always is not critical.
- Hide Label: This option hides the label of the control from the view.
- Columns: This lets you choose the number of columns to show in the Grid menu.
- Height: This lets you define the height of each item in the Grid menu.
- Label Property: This can help customize the Label by changing the text size, weight (Light, Normal, Bold, Extra Bold, X Extra Bold), and color of the label.
- Icon Property: This can help customize the Icon by changing the size, weight( Light, Normal, Bold, Extra Bold, X Extra Bold), and color of the Icon.
- Border Property: This is the width and color of the border around the Menu item.
- Image alignment: This lets you choose the desired alignment for the image used in the Menu item.
- Grid View: When the Grid View option is selected, the margins between the menu items are reduced.
- Reset Target Screen: This option is selected when we want the screen to which we are navigating to be reset and all the data from the screen to be reset to default.
For each of the menu items, there are a few properties that you can set to define the navigation to different screens. These properties are as follows:
- Label: This can be used to the set name of the Menu Item.
- Image URL: This helps you use an image as the Menu item by entering the URL of the image instead of the default Menu Icon.
- Action: This gives you two options to navigate; one is without validation and the second one is with validation.
- Navigate To: This option lets you select the screen to which the user will be directed when they select the Menu Item.
- Menu Icon: This lets you select the icon that you want to display for the menu item.
- Transition: This is used to define the direction from which the new screen will transition into the User view.
- Reset Target Screen: This is selected when we want the screen to which we are navigating be reset and all the data from the screen removed.
How to Use a Grid Menu Control?
Start with selecting the Grid Menu Control from the Navigation section of the Controls Menu.
The Grid Menu 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 Grid Menu 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 allows you to directly type in the value that you want to set.
- Sheet: This allows you to get value from a sheet and display it in the control.
- Control: This allows you to bind data to the control by using another control’s value present in the microapp.
- Formula: This is used to apply formulas and use the output of those formulas to set the control. You can learn more about formulas here.