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Many types of controls have properties in common, for example, every type of control has size and location. This topic describes some settings that apply to different types of controls.
You can configure all of a control's settings in the Properties panel. Some settings can also be configured on the design surface. For example, you can change a control's location by dragging the control on the design surface.
To reset a setting to its factory value, click the icon to the right of the setting and select Reset.
Location of the icon to reset a setting
The following methods adjust the location of a control:
On the design surface, drag the control to its new location.
In the Properties panel, expand Layout | Location and configure the X and Y settings in pixels. The origin (X=0, Y=0) is the upper left corner of the band.
In the Properties panel, expand Actions and click a control alignment tool:
Tools to adjust the alignment of a control
Align to Grid: Snaps the upper left corner of the control to the grid.
Size to Grid: Resizes the control so all four corners are snapped to the grid.
Center Horizontally: Centers the control within the width of the band.
Center Vertically: Centers the control within the height of the band.
Bring to Front: Positions the control in front of any overlapping controls.
This prevents the control from being obscured by the other controls.
Send to Back: Positions the control behind any overlapping controls.
The other controls will obscure the overlapped portion of the control.
The following methods adjust the size and proportions of a control:
On the design surface, select the control and drag a handle. To resize the control proportionally, hold the Shift key down while dragging a handle.
In the Properties panel, expand Layout | Size and configure the Height and Width settings in pixels.
In the Properties panel, expand Actions and click the Size to Grid tool . The Size to Grid tool changes the size and proportions of the control just enough to fit the control to the grid.
Location of Size to Grid tool
You can configure default values for the settings that relate to the appearance of controls, with the exception of the Text Trimming setting. To configure template-wide defaults, select the template in the Properties drop-down list and configure the settings in the Appearance section. You can override the default appearance for any particular control.
Changing a default appearance setting changes the appearance of controls in the layout, unless you have previously configured that setting for a control. Geocortex Printing will not override any changes that you have made to the appearance of a specific control.
By default, controls have a fully transparent background, so the background color does not show.
Depending on the configuration, some types of control may not show any background. For example, if the image in an XRPictureBox control fills the entire control, no background will show.
If you add padding to a control, the padded area will show the background color.
To adjust the color and transparency of the control's background:
In the Properties panel, expand Appearance, open the Background Color drop-down panel, and select the color and transparency.
In the Properties panel, expand Appearance and configure the following settings:
Border Color: Open the Border Color drop-down panel and select the border's color and transparency.
Border Dash Style: Open the Border Dash Style drop-down list and select the style of line from the Border Dash Style drop-down list.
Border Width: Enter the line width in pixels.
Borders: Click a border tool to turn borders on and off:
Tools to turn borders on and off
Border on all four sides
Border on the left side only
Border on the top only
Border on the right side only
Border on the bottom only
In the Properties panel, expand Appearance | Padding and configure the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom settings in pixels.
Controls that show text, like the
In the Properties panel, expand Appearance and configure the settings:
Font | Font Name: The font to use for the control's text.
Font | Size: The font size to use for the control's text.
Font | Unit: The unit to use for the font size, such as points or pixels. The World unit is the same as Point. The Document unit is 1/300th of an inch.
Font | Bold : Make the text bold.
Font | Italics : Italicize the text.
Font | Underline : Underline the text.
Font | Strikethrough : the text.
Foreground Color (Font Color): The color and transparency to use for the control's text.
Text Alignment: Specifies where to align the text within the control.
Text Trimming: Specifies how to truncate the text when the control is not large enough to show the entire text.
If you are going to configure text trimming for a control, make sure the control's Behavior | Can Grow setting is cleared. When Can Grow is selected, Print Designer ignores the Text Trimming setting.
The Text Trimming options are as follows:
None: Do not trim the text.
Character: Trim the text to the nearest character.
Word: Trim the text to the nearest word.
Ellipsis Character: Trim the text to the nearest character and show an ellipsis at the end of the text.
Ellipsis Word: Trim the text to the nearest word and show an ellipsis at the end of the text.
Ellipsis Path: Remove the center of the text and show an ellipsis in the center.
You cannot set a template-wide default for Text Trimming.