The Button Bar Control is a Navigation control that has a Bar in which the Navigation buttons are placed. Generally, it is present at the bottom of the microapp and acts as the Primary Menu.
- Label: Label is the text that is displayed above the control and helps the user to understand the purpose of the Button Bar 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 “menubar” 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 getting the latest data from the sheets always is not critical.
- Hide Label: This option hides the label of the control from the view.
- Icon: This lets you set the size and color of the icons being displayed in the Button Bar menu.
- Text: This lets you customize the menu text by changing the font size, weight, and color.
- Selected Item: This lets you select the color in which the icon will be displayed which is selected by the user.
- Selected Background: This lets you select the background color of the option that is selected.
- Card width: This lets you define the width of the card in the Button Bar menu. The width can either be set as pixels or as a percentage.
For each of the menu items, there are a few properties that you can set which are used to define the navigation to different screens. These properties are as follows:
- Item Label: This is used to give a name to the menu item.
- Action: This can be used to select if there is some validation that is to be done before navigation or not.
- Navigate To: This lets you select the screen to which you want to navigate to when the item is selected.
- Transition: This is used to define the direction from which the new screen will transition into the User view.
- Icon: This lets you select the icon that you want to display for the menu item.
- Selected: When the Selected option is toggled on, this item will be selected and the properties that were earlier defined for a selected item will be applied to it.
- Reset Target Screen: This option is selected when we want the screen to which we are navigating be reset and all the data from the screen to be reset to default.
How to Use a Button Bar Menu Control?
Start with selecting the Button Bar Menu Control from the Navigation section of the Controls Menu.
The Button Bar 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 Button Bar 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 is used 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 can be used to apply formulas and use the output of those formulas to set the control. You can learn more about formulas here.