Action Button control

Button control to trigger actions or events

The Action Button control lets you trigger specific events like - Navigating to a screen, sending the email, etc. For example, we can configure an action button to call a specific number or send an SMS.

Action button

Properties

UI Properties

  • Label : Label is the text that is displayed above the Action Button and helps the user to understand what the Action Button is for.

  • Properties : These properties help you customize the Label by changing the text size, weight( Light, Normal, Bold, Extra Bold, X Extra Bold), alignment (Left, Center, Right, Justified) and color of the label.

  • Type : The Type field is automatically generated depending upon the type of control used. In this case, it is a “Button1” type.

  • Unique Name : A Unique Name is used to uniquely identify a control in your App. Every control that is added on the screen gets an auto-generated Unique Name on the basis of the Label name given to the control.

  • Tooltip: This allows you to add the Tooltip text that would provide a hint to the user for providing input. The Tooltip icon would be visible if you switch on the Show tooltip icon toggle property available below.

  • Description: Is the description that you can add for your controls. The Description would only be visible if you switch on the Show Description toggle property available below.

  • Show Tooltip Icon: This allows you to toggle switch ON or OFF to show or hide the tooltip icon where the tooltip text would appear.

  • Show Description: This allows you to toggle switch ON or OFF to show or hide the Description text.

  • Hidden : The hidden option helps you to hide the button from the user. This might help if you want to show certain buttons only when a specific condition is met/not met.

  • Caching : When the caching option is selected and if a LOOKUP formula is applied to this control, the state that the LOOKUP returns will be cached and the user will be able to see this state in the Action Button even when he accesses the microapp later with no connectivity. This option is required when you want your app to be accessible in offline mode as well and getting the latest data from the sheets always is not critical.
    Hide Label : This option hides the label of the field from the view.

  • Trigger dependents: When you Disable Trigger Dependents, it helps you to reduce or optimize the unnecessary evaluation of the dependent control’s formula. For a detailed explanation refer to this article here .
    By default Trigger dependents is enabled. However, in complex apps by switching it off, you would limit the evaluation in the dependent control and in turn ensure quicker response times.

Properties

action button properties

  • Text : This option lets you change the text that will be displayed on the Action Button.

  • Font Properties : The font properties let you customize the text that is displayed on the Action Button. You can change the Text Size, Weight (Light, Medium, Bold, Extra Bold or X Extra Bold), Alignment (Left, Center, Right or Justified), and Color.

  • Background Properties : Background properties are used to customize the background of the Action Button. You can set the Color, Style (Outline or Filled), and Roundness of the button.

How to Use an Action Button?

Start with selecting the Action Button from the Button section of the Controls Menu.

The Action Button will then appear on the screen in the builder, you can then set all the above properties as per your requirements.

Once you add the Action button on the app, click Action icon.

You would get the button_click(click) actions. Click button_click(click) which opens the Action flow. Here you can define the Action that you want to perform on the click of the Action button.

button actions

For a detailed explanation on using the Action Flows you can refer the article here.

You can use the Data option to bind data to the Action Button.
Bind Data

There are different ways in which you can bind data to the Action field.

  1. Static Data: This is the data that does not change over the period of time. Such data is used to assign default values in fields in your application. The static data can be based on the data type i.e. Numeric, Text, and List type data.

  2. Sheets : This allows you to fetch data from a sheet and display it in the fields. Select your sheet from the list and then select the columns to be used. You can also add filters and sort data.

  3. Controls: This allows you to get data from one of the App controls.

  4. Variables: This assigns the value of the variables defined in the app.

  5. LoggedIn User: You can display the properties related to the LoggedIn User like username, usermail, Admin, status, and so on. You can select a single property only . Select column and click Save .

  6. API: This allows you to add an API and select the values returned by the respective API. You can select multiple keys to display values.

  7. Custom Formula: This can be used to apply formulas and store the output of those formulas. You can learn more about formulas here.

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