Editing Base Form

Last Updated: 12/07/2015 Introduced in Verision: 2.0

The Base Form is an empty form with canvas layout, 800 pixels wide x 600 pixels high. It is the default form created when a user creates a form without using a template. The layout, size, and attributes such as color and background, can be customized. When a new form is created that uses the base form as a template, a copy of the base form is used. Therefore, changes made to the base form going forward are not automatically applied to existing forms that use the base form.

In this example, we will change the layout of the base form from Canvas to Grid. The Grid layout allows us to set guidelines to help with the formatting of our form by resizing each row and column in the grid.
To begin, from the folder tree on the left, navigate to System > Shared Designer Elements > System Defaults.
Select the Form checkbox located at the top of the screen in the Types: list to filter the entities.
Click the Edit link that appears on the base form entity.
By default, the form has the least restrictive layout type Canvas. To change the layout, expand the Explorer panel at the bottom-right corner of the workspace.
Select Surface.

The layout type displays in the Properties panel, in the Layout section, in the Container Type drop-down list. In the Container Type drop-down list, select the Grid layout.
Save and close the base form.

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