From your explanation you do want the Automatic Control Focus active.
The Automatic Control Focus will set the focus to the first form
control. If you end up in the wrong control then you need to change the
If you set Automatic Control Focus to inactive then you end up with the
cursor at the beginning of the document (not in a form control). This is
regardless of the setting in Activation Order.
Scott Castaline skrev 2013-11-10 04:31:
I wound up blowing off my original form and recreated it. The
Automatic Control Focus function then behaved the way it should
leaving the form navigation controls active. So I may have accidentlly
changed something to cause my problem. For some reason Activation
Order does not fix the starting position for me. The cursor still
starts in the upper left corner of the form and not the first field.
Once I click on the first field it works fine after that, so using
both functions seems to make the form work the way it should.
On 11/09/2013 09:11 PM, Girvin Herr wrote:
On 11/06/2013 07:54 PM, Scott Castaline wrote:
In Libreoffice Base The Form Design window, I was trying to get it
where the cursor starts in the first field. Right now it is in the
top left corner at start up (data entry) like it is when I go into
form edit mode. In exploring ways to do this I had clicked on an
icon called "Automatic Control Focus" so now the form controls
(record advance, 1st record, last record, & new record) are greyed
out. The only way to advance is by tabbing from the last field or to
go back a record shift & tab from the first field.
I am running Libreofice 220.127.116.11 on Fedora 20 Alpha. So I have two
1. How do I disable this automatic control focus?
2. How do I get the cursor to start in the first field when I'm in
Data Entry Mode?
I am using LO 18.104.22.168 under Slackware Linux, not 4.x, but it looks
like the "Automatic Control Focus" icon is alternate-action. If you
go back into form edit mode, click on the icon and see if it turns
off (no border around it).
I do not use that feature. I use the "Activation Order" feature to
order the controls in my forms. In my 3.x, this icon is two to the
left of the "Automatic Control Focus" icon. It contains a checkbox
and a radio button (bulls-eye). Clicking on this icon should get you
a "Tab Order" window that allows you to edit the activation order of
your form's controls by selecting the control from the list on the
left and moving it up or down in the list with the buttons on the
right. I usually select the "Automatic Sort" first and then go back
and refine the order with the up and down buttons.
In addition, if there are any controls you do not want to tab to,
such as a read-only control, the tab can be disabled on a
control-by-control basis by the "Tabstop" option under the "General"
tab in the control's properties dialog.
Hope this helps.
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