Layout regions

A layout region is a fixed-length design area on a form or subform. The advantage of using layout regions is that related elements can be dragged and moved easily and can be displayed in ways not possible on regular forms and subforms. A layout region can contain static text, graphics, buttons, and all fields except rich text fields. You can hide or collapse a layout region and all its components under certain conditions.

Layout regions are not supported in Web applications.

A layout region can contain:

  • Text
  • Background graphics
  • Fields (except for the following fields: color, dialog list, formula, password, rich text, rich text lite, and time zone)
  • Buttons
  • Button graphics

You should not add the following elements to a layout region:

  • Animated GIF files
  • Attachments
  • Computed text
  • Embedded elements
  • Horizontal rules
  • Hotspots
  • Image resources
  • Inserted resources
  • Java™ applets
  • Layers
  • Links
  • Objects
  • OLE objects
  • Page breaks
  • Pop-ups
  • Sections
  • Shared actions
  • Shared fields
  • Subforms
  • Tables

You can hide or collapse a layout region and all its components under certain conditions. For example, you can hide a layout region when Web users view the application, or when users edit the form.

Creating a layout region

To create a layout region

  1. Open the form.
  2. Move the cursor to the location in the form where you want to place the layout region.
  3. Choose Create - Layout Region - New Layout Region.

To delete a layout region

  1. Click the layout region and choose Edit - Delete.
  2. Adjust the formatting if necessary.