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Move fields to different parts of a form

While designing a form in Domino Designer 5, I need to shift/relocate/move a few fields to different parts on the

form. How do I achieve that by using keyboard, mouse, menu commands or toolbar? That depends. If the fields are in a layout region, you can just drag them around within the same layout region using the mouse. You may need to adjust their order relative to the other fields using the "Bring to front" or "Send to back" functions.

If the fields are not in a layout region, you move them the same way you would move text while editing a Notes document. Highlight the fields in question by dragging the mouse over them, or position the cursor before the first one and use Shift + Arrow to highlight the desired region. Cut the selection to the clipboard (Ctrl + C, or menu Edit ->Copy, or right-click and select Cut). Position the cursor where you want to insert the fields. Paste (Ctrl + V, menu Edit -> Paste, or right-click and select Paste).

Things get a little more complicated if the fields are in a table and are being pasted into an existing table. When you paste, you are asked "Do you wish to paste saved table across the cells of this existing table?" If you answer "Yes," each cell of what you paste is inserted into a separate cell of the table you paste into -- if necessary, the destination table is expanded to accommodate them. If you answer "No," the clipboard contents are inserted as a "nested" table inside the destination table. If you're not clear what that means, try it out. You can always opt not to save if it does something that's hard to reverse.

If some fields are in one table, and some are in a different table or are not in a table, you may need to do multiple cut/paste operations. You'll find it impossible to select some information from a table and some information from outside the table without selecting the whole table.

It's a little complex, but it's not hard to learn -- Domino developers manage this with no trouble. Just experiment and see how it behaves.

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This was first published in October 2004

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