Dragging and dropping objects onto a display

  1. If you have not already done so, add a display. How?

  2. On the system tree (left pane), select the Data Sources tab.

All data sources supported by Natural Presentation appear in a tree-type structure.

At the bottom of the Data Sources pane, there are several options that are available for filtering data sources and data items, as well as view options (for data item columns) and a Refresh button that can be used to get the most up-to-date list of data items. These same options are also available on the Data Source Browser dialog box. For more information, see To select a data source from the Data Source Browser or Data Source Browser Properties.

  1. Navigate through the tree and select the necessary data source node. The data source items appear in the pane below.

  2. Select the data source item you want to use with an object and drag it onto the display.

  3. TIP: If you need to use multiple data source items for one object, you can hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and click all the necessary items - then drag onto the display.

The Configure New Object window appears.

  1. Select the type of object you want to add.

  2. From the Template drop-down list, select the pre-configured template you want applied to the object, or accept the default template.

  3. For some objects, you may also select the type of positioning for the object and enter the amount of horizontal or vertical spacing you want between objects (e.g. when adding multiple text boxes or datalinks).

  4. Click the Next button. The next window will vary depending on the type of data source you have selected. Refer to the following sections for more information:

  5. NOTE: When you select multiple items and configure the data source-specific options, these options apply to all items. If the configuration options you select cannot be reconciled for all the selected items, a default configuration is applied. You can access the data source items in the object's configuration panel to change the default settings as required.

  6. Configure the data source and click Finish.

The object is added to the display.

See Also

Dragging and Dropping Data Sources (Natural Presentation)


Dragging and Dropping data in Run-time