Working with Form Properties File
Form Properties File
A form properties file saves all the customizable properties about a data list window, including form size, column widths, sort criterion and default search options, etc. For each database you connect to,creates a corresponding form properties file automatically, with the same file name as the database file and an extension " ".
For example, if you connect to a database MyInvoice.mdb, a form properties file "MyInvoice.fs" is created automatically. By default, form properties files are stored in the following folder in Windows 2000/XP:
Note: Thefolder is hidden by default. To make it visible: In Windows Explorer, click the menu -> ; Go to the tab; Choose the option; click .
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, by default the form properties files are stored in the following folder:
Note: Thefolder is hidden by default. To make it visible: In Windows Explorer, click -> ; Go to the tab; choose the option; click .
For this reason, you don't need to deal with the form properties file in most cases. If a form properties file is corrupt for some reasons, such as a power failure when you are closing a data list window, simply delete the form properties file to have the program create a new one for you.
Form Properties Map file
There will be no problems if all the databases you are using have different names, but what if two databases have the same name, or what if you want to move the form properties file from the default folder (the installation folder of) to another folder where you have read-write privilege?
This is why the Form Properties Map File was introduced. As the name implies, the map file forcesto load a specified form properties file for a given database, instead of the default form properties file that has the same file name as the database file and an " " extension.
1. When do I need a map file?
Generally you don't need a map file, unless you have two or more database files that have the same name, or you don't have read-write privilege in the installation folder of.
In the first situation, you can use map file to instructto load a specified form properties file when connecting to a database. For example, if you have two database file that are both named as , but stored in the different folders, say and , you can put the following lines in the map file:
|Form Properties Map File|
Database= C:\MyCompany1\MyCompany.mdb Properties=C:\MyCompany1\Company1.fs Database=C:\MyCompany2\MyCompany.mdb Properties=C:\MyCompany2\Company2.fs
In the second situation, you need to be able to create and write to the form properties file, sinceupdates the properties file whenever you modify a form property, such as its width or height, or the size of the columns.
For example, you installed the program into a folder in a network driver, where you don't have the privilege to create or update file. In this case, you can use the map file to instruct to load the form properties file from a folder in which you have read-write privilege, instead of the installation folder of :
|Form Properties Map File|
2. How do I create a map file?
A form properties map file is a plain text file that has a name of. The file must be stored in the installation folder of . You can create this file using any text editor, including .
For each database you will connect to, create an entry which consists of two lines. The first line starts with the keyword "" followed by the full qualified database file path and name; the second line starts with the keyword " " followed by the full qualified properties file path and name.
Below is an example of thefile:
In this example, when the invoice template connects to thedatabase, uses as the properties file. If the invoice template connects to , it uses as the form properties file.
- Don't store the form properties file in a shared network folder and share the properties file between multiple computers/users.
- Databases that are not listed in the map file will use the default properties file, i.e. a properties file that has the same name as the database file, but with a different extension (" "). always creates the default properties file in the default folder as detailed above.