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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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Image:FormSpinButton.png Spin Button A spin button allows form users to choose a number by cycling through the numbers. Specify maximum, minimum, default and the step between numbers.

This control is not commonly used in Writer, as the number is not displayed. In Calc, however, a Data tab appears on the Control Properties dialog box, allowing you to link the spin button to a cell.

Image:FormScrollbar.png Scrollbar Creates a scrollbar, with a number of options to define the exact appearance.

This control is not commonly used in Writer. In Calc, a Data tab appears on the Control Properties dialog box, allowing you to link the scroll bar to a cell.

Image:FormImageButton.png Image Button Behaves exactly like a push button, but displays as an image. Choose the image in the Graphics option on the General tab in the Control Properties dialog box.
Image:FormImageControl.png Image Control Only useful when the form is connected to a data source and a field in the data source exists that can hold images. You can add new images to the database or retrieve and display images from it.
Image:FormDateField.png Date Field Holds a date. Configure the earliest and latest dates the field will accept, the default date and the date format. You can add a spinner.
Image:FormTimeField.png Time Field Works like a date field, specifying a time.
Image:FormFileSelect.png File Selection Allows a user to select a file, either by typing the path and name directly or by clicking on a Browse button and choosing the file from a dialog box.
Image:NumericField.png Numeric Field Displays a number. Specify formatting, maximum, minimum and default values. You can add a spinner.
Image:CurrencyField.png Currency Field Works like a numeric field; additionally you can add a currency symbol.
Image:PatternField.png Pattern Field Pattern fields are useful when the form links into a data source. Specify an Edit Mask to restrict what a user can enter into the field. Specify a Literal Mask to restrict which data is displayed from the data source.
Image:FormGroupBox.png Group Box The group box control has two different uses depending on whether wizards are on or off.

If wizards are on, creating a group box launches the Group Element wizard. This creates a group of option buttons (in which only one may be selected at a time). In most cases, using a group box is the best way to create a set of option buttons.

If wizards are off, a group box is simply a visual box to group together different controls. It has no effect on the way the controls operate.

Image:FormTableControl.png Table Control Table Control is only useful with a data source. If no data source is specified, you will be prompted to choose one in the Table Element Wizard.

You then pick the fields to display and, when design mode is off, the data appears in the table. The table also includes controls to step through the records.

Records can be added, deleted and modified in the table.

Image:FormNavBar.png Navigation Bar A navigation bar is the same as the Form Navigation toolbar (View > Toolbars > Form Navigation), but can be placed anywhere in the document and be resized.

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