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asked 2019-01-10 18:36:10 +0100

updated 2019-01-10 18:42:06 +0100

I would like to attach a keyboard shortcut for the fields in a form, rather than having to tab through the fields. My form is for a database of an address book. The form has a dozen fields for name, address, email, etc. I want to establish a keyboard shortcut that will go directly to the Phone number field. That way during data entry, after entering the person's name I can navigate directly to the phone number field via a shortcut instead of having to tab past all the other fields.

I know how to modify the tab order but that isn't exactly what I want.

One mechanism for doing this that I have seen in other tools is to provide a special character, say a percent sign, around one letter of the field's label. So "Phone %N%umber" would attach the shortcut Ctrl-N to this field.
Is there some way to accomplish this in Base?

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answered 2019-01-10 19:45:02 +0100

Ratslinger gravatar image


There is no "keyboard shortcut for the fields in a form" other than you writing macros to specifically do so.

You can use a key handler to capture the desired key combinations. See this post for basic code & sample -> Ctrl+Enter in Calc. Once your particular combination is discovered, code is necessary to place focus on the desired control (that containing the phone number).

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