To define a global field

A global field contains information that appears in multiple locations on your form. For example, an invoice contains an invoice number that must appear in multiple places on the form. In the form design, you could set the invoice number to be a global field and reuse it elsewhere as needed.

Global fields are extremely useful when you have information that you know will be repeated in multiple places. Not only does the use of global fields reduce the amount of data that needs to be sent, they help ensure that exactly the same data appears in the necessary areas of the form.

Using the Global binding property, you can apply the same value to all objects in the form that have the same name.

When you apply the global setting to an object, all objects with the same name will be bound to the same data at run time. Because identically named global objects are linked to the same data value, the data displayed in one global object is automatically displayed in all other global objects having the same name. You cannot have more than one identically named object in a form where some, but not all, of the objects are set to global.

You can apply the global binding setting to the following types of objects:

  • check boxes

  • date/time fields

  • drop-down lists

  • image fields

  • list boxes

  • numeric fields

  • decimal fields

  • password fields

  • radio buttons

  • text fields

  • barcoded fields (excluding Paper Form Barcode)

When you apply the global setting to an object, Designer automatically applies the global value to all other objects in the form with the same name. Conversely, if you remove the global setting from an object, Designer removes the value from all other objects with the same name and setting.

Note: When you apply global binding to an object, you cannot add run-time properties such as the current page, number of pages, and current date/time to that object.
  1. Add the required objects to the form design.

  2. Give each object the same name.

  3. Select one of the like-named objects.

  4. In the Object palette, click the Binding tab and select Use Global Data from the Data Binding list. Designer displays a message confirming that global binding will be applied to all objects that have the same name as the selected object.

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