This General tab enables you to define the general properties of a form control. These properties differ, depending on the control type. Not all of the following properties are available for every control.

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Open context menu of a selected form element - choose Control Properties - General tab.

Open Form Design toolbar, click Control icon - General tab.


If you export the current form document to HTML format, the default control values are exported, not the current control values. Default values are determined - depending on the type of control - by the properties' Default value (for example, in text fields), Default status (for check boxes and option fields), and Default selection (for list boxes).


You can use navigation actions to design your own database navigation buttons.

The following table describes the actions that you can assign to a button:




Non hai ning煤n tipo de acci贸n.

Enviar formulario

Sends the data that is entered in other control fields of the current form to the address that is specified in Form Properties under URL.

Ao exportar a PDF introduza o URL na caixa de texto "URL" dos datos do formulario.

Restaurar formulario

Resets the settings in other control fields to the predefined defaults: Default Status, Default Selection, Default Value.

Abrir documento / p谩xina web

Opens the URL that is specified under URL. You can use Frame to specify the target frame.

Primeiro rexistro

Move o formulario actual ao primeiro rexistro.

Rexistro anterior

Move o formulario actual ao rexistro anterior.

Rexistro seguinte

Move o formulario actual ao seguinte rexistro.

脷ltimo rexistro

Move o formulario actual ao 煤ltimo rexistro.

Gardar rexistro

Garda o rexistro actual, se 茅 necesario.

Desfacer entrada de datos

Inverte os cambios realizados no rexistro actual.

Novo rexistro

Move o formulario actual 谩 li帽a de inserci贸n.

Eliminar rexistro

Elimina o rexistro actual.

Actualizar formulario

Recarga a versi贸n do formulario gardada m谩is recentemente.


Specifies to show or hide the action items in a selected Navigation bar control. Action items are the following: Save record, Undo, New record, Delete record, Refresh.


If a control field has the property "Enabled" (Yes), the form user can use the control field. Otherwise (No), it is disabled and greyed out.

Ali帽amento / Ali帽amento de imaxes

The alignment options are left-aligned, right-aligned, and centered. These options are available for the following elements:

  1. Title of Label fields,

  2. Content of text fields,

  3. Content of table fields in the columns of a table control,

  4. Graphics or text that are used in buttons.


    A opci贸n Ali帽amento para os bot贸ns ch谩mase Ali帽amento de imaxes.


Specifies if a Push button behaves as a Toggle Button. If you set Toggle to "Yes", you can switch between the "selected" and "not selected" control states when you click the button or press the Spacebar while the control has the focus. A button in the "selected" state appears "pressed in".


Define a altura do control.

Altura de fila

In table controls, enter a value for the row height. If you want, you can enter a value followed by valid measurement unit, for example, 2 cm.

Antepor s铆mbolo

Determines if the currency symbol is displayed before or after the number when using currency fields. The default setting is currency symbols are not prefixed.

As li帽as de texto acaban con

Nos campos de texto seleccione o c贸digo de fin de li帽a que se vai utilizar ao escribir un texto nunha columna de base de datos.


Specifies the delay in milliseconds between repeating events. A repeating event occurs when you click an arrow button or the background of a scrollbar, or one of the record navigation buttons of a Navigation bar, and you keep the mouse button pressed for some time. You can enter a value followed by a valid time unit, for example, 2 s or 500 ms.

Aumentar/Reducir valor

Determines intervals to add or subtract with each activation of the spin button control.

Barra de desprazamento

Adds the scrollbar type that you specify to a text box.

Barra de navegaci贸n

Specifies whether to display the Navigation bar on the lower border of the table control.


With control fields that have a frame, you can determine the border display on the form using the "Border" property. You can select among the "Without frame", "3-D look" or "Flat" options.

Bot贸n predefinido

The "Default button" property specifies that the corresponding button will be operated when you press the Return key. If you open the dialog or form and do not carry out any further action, the button with this property is the default button.


Esta propiedade debe atribu铆rse a un 煤nico bot贸n do documento.

When using Web page forms, you might come across this property in search masks. These are edit masks that contain a text field and a Submit type button. The search term is entered in the text field and the search is started by activating the button. If the button is defined as the default button, however, simply hit Enter after entering the search term in order to start the search.

Bot贸n xiratorio

Numerical fields, currency fields, date and time fields can be introduced as spin buttons in the form.

Campo de etiqueta

Specifies the source for the label of the control. The text of the label field will be used instead of the name of a database field. For example, in the Filter Navigator, Search dialog, and as a column name in the table view.

To define one character of the label as a mnemonic, so that the user can access this control by pressing the character on the keyboard, insert a tilde (~) character in front of the character in the label.

Nos bot贸ns de opci贸n s贸 se pode utilizar como campo de etiqueta o texto dun marco de grupo. Ese texto apl铆case a todos os bot贸ns de opci贸n do mesmo grupo.

Se preme no bot贸n ..., situado ao lado do campo de texto, ver谩 a caixa de di谩logo Selecci贸n de campo de etiqueta. Seleccione unha etiqueta da lista.

Check the No assignment box to remove the link between a control and the assigned label field.

Caracteres para contrasinal

If the user enters a password, you can determine the characters that will be displayed instead of the characters typed by the user. Under Password character, enter the ASCII code of the desired character. You can use the values from 0 to 255.


The characters and their ASCII codes can be seen in the Special Characters dialog (Insert - Special Character).

Conta de li帽as

For combo boxes with the "Dropdown" property, you can specify how many lines should be displayed in the dropdown list. With control fields which do not have the Dropdown option, the line's display will be specified by the size of the control field and the font size.

Cor de bordo

Specifies the border color for controls that have the "Border" property set to "flat".

Cor de fondo

A background color is available for most control fields. If you click on Background color, a list will open which enables you to select among various colors. The "Standard" option adopts the system setting. If the desired color is not listed, click the ... button to define a color in the Color dialog.

Cor de s铆mbolo

Especifica a cor dos s铆mbolos dos controis, por exemplo, as frechas dunha barra de desprazamento.

Data m谩x.

Determines a date which can not be exceeded by another value introduced by the user.

Data m铆n.

Determines the earliest date that a user can enter.

Data predefinida

Estabelece a data predefinida.


With numerical and currency fields you can determine the number of digits displayed to the right of the decimal point.

Desprazamento da roda do rato

Sets whether the value changes when the user scrolls a mouse wheel. Never: No change of the value. When focused: (default) The value changes when the control has the focus and the wheel is pointing at the control and gets scrolled. Always: The value changes when the wheel is pointing at the control and gets scrolled, no matter which control has the focus.

Desprazamento m谩ximo

Especifica o valor que se debe sumar ou subtraer cando o usuario preme na frecha da barra de desprazamento.

Desprazamento m铆nimo

Specify the value to add or subtract when the user clicks the Arrow icon on the scrollbar.


A control field with the dropdown property has an additional arrow button which opens the list of the existing form entries per mouse click. Under Line count, you can specify how many lines (or rows) should be displayed in the dropdown state. Combination fields can have the dropdown property.

As caixas de combinaci贸n inseridas como columnas nun control de t谩boa son despreg谩beis por omisi贸n.

Encher automaticamente

The AutoFill function displays a list of previous entries after you start to type an entry.

Enfocar ao premer

If you set this option to "Yes", the Push button receives the focus when you click the button.

Entradas de lista

Please note the tips referring to the keyboard controls.

A entrada de lista predefinida introd煤cese na caixa de combinaci贸n Selecci贸n predefinida.


Lembre que as entradas da lista introducidas aqu铆 s贸 se incorporan ao formulario se seleccionou a opci贸n "Lista de valores" situada na lapela Datos, en Tipo de contido da lista.

If you do not want the list entries to be written to the database or transmitted to the recipient of the Web form, but rather assigned values that are not visible in the form, you can assign the list entries to other values in a value list. The value list is determined on the Data tab. Under Type of List Contents, select the option "Value List". Then enter the values under List Contents that are to be assigned to the corresponding visible list entries of the form. For the correct assignment, the order in the value list is relevant.


Nos documentos HTML, unha entrada de lista introducida na lapela Xeral corresp贸ndese coa etiqueta HTML <OPTION>; unha entrada da lista de valores introducida na lapela Datos, en Contido da lista, corresp贸ndese coa etiqueta <OPTION VALUE=...>.


Resizes the image to fit the size of the control.

Estado predefinido

Specifies whether an option or a check box is selected by default.

For a reset type button, you can define the status of the control if the reset button is activated by the user.

For grouped option fields, the status of the group corresponding to the default setting is defined by the "Default Status" property.

Estado triplo

Specifies whether a check box can also represent ZERO values of a linked database apart from the TRUE and FALSE values. This function is only available if the database accepts three states: TRUE, FALSE and ZERO.


The "Tristate" property is only defined for database forms, not for HTML forms.


Specifies whether Check boxes and Option buttons are displayed in a 3D look (default) or a flat look.


The "Label" property sets the label of the control field that is displayed in the form. This property determines the visible label or the column header of the data field in table control forms.

When you create a new control, the description predefined in the "Name" property is used as the default for labeling the control. The label consists of the control field name and an integer numbering the control (for example, CommandButton1). With the "Title" property, you can assign another description to the control so that the label reflects the function of the control. Change this entry in order to assign an expressive label to the control that is visible to the user.

To create a multi-line title, open the combo box using the Arrow button. You can enter a line break by pressing Shift++Enter.


The "Title" property is only used for labeling a form element in the interface visible to the user. If you work with macros, note that at runtime, a control is always addressed through the "Name" property.


Specifies to show or hide the filtering and sorting items in a selected Navigation bar control. Filtering and sorting items are the following: Sort ascending, Sort descending, Sort, Automatic filter, Default filter, Apply filter, Reset filter/sort.


Specifies the format code for the control. Click the ... button to select the format code.

Formato da hora

You can define the desired format for the time display.

Formato de data

With date fields you can determine the format for the date readout.


All format fields (date, time, currency, numeric) are formatted automatically in the selected format as soon as you leave them regardless of how you entered the input.

Formato estrito

You can have a format check with control fields that accept formatted contents (date, time, and so on). If the strict format function is activated (Yes), only the allowed characters are accepted. For example, in a date field, only numbers or date delimiters are accepted; all alphabet entries typed with your keyboard are ignored.

Hora m谩x.

Determines a time which can not be exceeded by another value introduced by the user.

Hora m铆n.

Determines the minimum time that a user can enter.

Hora predefinida

Estabelece a hora predefinida.


An image button has a "Graphics" property. The "Graphics" property specifies the graphic's path and file name that you want to have displayed on the button. If you select the graphic file with the ... button, the path and file name will be automatically included in the text box.


Specifies whether you want the control field to appear in a document's printout.

Intervalo de valores

You can preset the value intervals for numerical and currency spin buttons. Use the up and down arrows of the spin button to increase or decrease the value.


Sets the column width in the table control field in the units that are specified in the LibreOffice module options. If you want, you can enter a value followed by a valid measurement unit, for example, 2 cm.


Define a largura do control.

Lonxitude m谩x. do texto

For text and combo boxes, you can define the maximum number of characters that the user can enter. If this control field property is uncertain, the default setting will be zero.

If the control is linked to a database and the text length is to be accepted from the field definition of the database, you must not enter the text length here. The settings are only accepted from the database if the control property was not defined ("Not Defined" state).

Marcador de rexistros

Specifies whether the first column is displayed with row labels, in which the current record is marked by an arrow.


You can also specify the target frame to display a URL that you open when you click a button that has been assigned to the "Open document or web page" action.

Se preme no campo pode seleccionar unha opci贸n da lista que especifique o marco en que se debe cargar o seguinte documento. Disp贸n das seguintes posibilidades:




O seguinte documento crearase nun novo marco baleiro.


O seguinte documento crearase nun marco superior. Se non existe, cr茅ase no mesmo marco.


O seguinte documento crearase no mesmo marco.


O seguinte documento crearase nunha xanela de nivel superior, ou sexa, no marco m谩is alto da xerarqu铆a. Se o marco actual xa 茅 unha xanela superior, o documento cr茅ase nel.


The "Frame" property is relevant for HTML forms, but not for database forms.

M谩scara de caracteres

With masked fields you can specify a literal mask. A literal mask contains the initial values of a form, and is always visible after downloading a form. Using a character code for the Edit mask, you can determine the entries that the user can type into the masked field.


O tama帽o da m谩scara de caracteres corresp贸ndese co tama帽o da m谩scara de edici贸n. Se non 茅 o caso, a m谩scara de edici贸n c贸rtase ou 茅nchese con espazos en branco ata atinxir o tama帽o da m谩scara de edici贸n.

M谩scara de edici贸n

By specifying the character code in pattern fields, you can determine what the user can enter in the pattern field.

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A text constant. This position cannot be edited. The character is displayed at the corresponding position of the Literal Mask.


The characters a-z and A-Z can be entered. Capital characters are not converted to lowercase characters.


The characters A-Z can be entered. If a lowercase letter is entered, it is automatically converted to a capital letter.


The characters a-z, A-Z, and 0-9 can be entered. Capital characters are not converted to lowercase characters.


The characters A-Z and 0-9 can be entered. If a lowercase letter is entered, it is automatically converted to a capital letter.


S贸 se poden introducir os caracteres entre 0 e 9.


P贸dense introducir todos os caracteres imprim铆beis.


All printable characters can be entered. If a lowercase letter is entered, it is automatically converted to a capital letter.

Defina a m谩scara de edici贸n "NNLNNLLLLL" para que o usuario s贸 poida introducir catro d铆xitos ao introducir unha data, por exemplo, para a m谩scara de caracteres "__.__.2000".


Specifies to show or hide the navigation items in a selected Navigation bar control. Navigation items are the following: First record, Previous record, Next record, Last record.


Each control field and each form has a "Name" property through which it can be identified. The name will appear in the Form Navigator and, using the name, the control field can be referred to from a macro. The default settings already specify a name which is constructed from using the field's label and number.


Se traballa con macros, verifique que os nomes dos controis son exclusivos.

The name is also used to group different controls that belong together functionally, such as radio buttons. To do so, give the same name to all members of the group: controls with identical names form a group. Grouped controls can be represented visually by using a Group Box.

Ocultar selecci贸n

Specifies whether a text selection on a control remains selected when the focus is no longer on a control. If you set Hide selection to "No", the selected text remains selected when the focus is no longer on the control that contains the text.

Orde de tabulaci贸n

The "Tab order" property determines the order in which the controls are focused in the form when you press the Tab key. In a form that contains more than one control, the focus moves to the next control when you press the Tab key. You can specify the order in which the focus changes with an index under "Tab order".


The "Tab order" property is not available to Hidden Controls. If you want, you can also set this property for image buttons and image controls, so that you can select these controls with the Tab key.

When creating a form, an index is automatically assigned to the control fields that are added to this form; every control field added is assigned an index increased by 1. If you change the index of a control, the indices of the other controls are updated automatically. Elements that cannot be focused ("Tabstop = No") are also assigned a value. However, these controls are skipped when using the Tab key.

Tam茅n pode definir os 铆ndices dos diferentes controis na caixa de di谩logo Orde de tabulaci贸n.


Specifies the horizontal or vertical orientation for a scrollbar or spin button.


Specifies to show or hide the positioning items in a selected Navigation bar control. Positioning items are the following: Record label, Record position, Record count label, Record count.


Define a posici贸n en X do control en relaci贸n 谩 谩ncora.


Define a posici贸n en Y do control en relaci贸n 谩 谩ncora.

Quebra de palabra

Displays text on more than one line. Allows you to use line breaks in a text box, so that you can enter more than one line of text. To manually enter a line break, press Enter.


Specifies if the action of a control such as a spin button repeats when you click the control and hold the mouse button down.

Selecci贸n m煤ltipla

Allows you to select more than one item in a list box.

Selecci贸n predefinida

Specifies the list box entry to mark as the default entry.

For a Reset type button, the Default selection entry defines the status of the list box if the reset button is activated by the user.

For a List box that contains a value list, you can click the ... button to open the Default selection dialog.

Na caixa de di谩logo Selecci贸n predefinida, indique as entradas que desexa marcar como seleccionadas ao abrir o formulario que cont茅n a caixa de lista.

Separador de millares

With numerical and currency fields you can determine whether thousands separators are used.

S铆mbolo monetario

In a currency field, you can predefine the currency symbol by entering the character or string in the "Currency symbol" property.

S贸 de lectura

The "Read-only" property can be assigned to all controls in which the user can enter text. If you assign the read-only property to an image field which uses graphics from a database, the user will not be able to insert new graphics into the database.


The "Tabstop" property determines if a control field can be selected with the Tab key. The following options are available:


Durante o uso da tecla Tabulaci贸n, o foco ignora o control.


O control pode seleccionarse coa tecla Tabulaci贸n.

Tama帽o da icona

Specifies whether the icons in a selected Navigation bar should be small or large.

Tama帽o vis铆bel

Specifies the size of scrollbar thumb in "value units". A value of ("Scroll value max." minus "Scroll value min." ) / 2 would result in a thumb which occupies half of the background area.

If set to 0, then the thumb's width will equal its height.

Texto de axuda

Provides the option of entering a help text that will be displayed as a tip on the control. The tip shows the text in user mode when the mouse is moved over the control.

For URL type buttons, the help text appears as the extended tip instead of the URL address entered under URL.

Texto de axuda

In each control field you can specify additional information or a descriptive text for the control field. This property helps the programmer to save additional information that can be used in the program code. This field can be used, for example, for variables or other evaluation parameters.

Texto predefinido

Indica o texto predeterminado dunha caixa de texto ou dunha caixa de combinaci贸n.

Tipo de letra

For control fields which have visible text or titles, select the display font that you want to use. To open the Font dialog, click the ... button. The selected font is used in control fields names and to display data in table control fields.

Tipo de texto

Allows you to use line breaks and formatting in a control field, such as a text box or label. To manually enter a line break, press the Enter key. Select "Multi-line with formatting" to enter formatted text.


Se selecciona o tipo de texto "Multili帽a con formatado", non poder谩 ligar o control a un campo de base de datos.


Ese control denom铆nase "Entrada multili帽a" para as columnas de texto situadas dentro dun control de t谩boa.


Enter the URL address for a Open document or web page button type in the URL box. The address opens when you click the button.

If you move the mouse over the button in User mode, the URL appears as the extended tip, provided that no other Help text was entered.

URL da Axuda

Specifies a batch label in URL spelling which refers to a help document and which can be called with the help of the control field. The help for the control field help can be opened if the focus is positioned on the control field and the user presses F1.


In a hidden control, under Value, you can enter the data which is inherited by the hidden control. This data will be transferred when sending the form.

Valor m谩x.

For numerical and currency fields, you can determine the maximum value that the user can enter.

Valor m谩x. de desprazamento

Specify the maximum value of a scrollbar control.

Valor m铆n.

For numerical and currency fields you can determine a minimum value to prevent the user from entering a smaller value.

Valor m铆n. de desprazamento

Specify the minimum value of a scrollbar control.

Valor predefinido

Sets the default value for the control field. For example, the default value will be entered when a form is opened.

For a Reset type button, the Default value entry defines the status of the control if the reset button is activated by the user.

Valor predefinido de desprazamento

Sets the default value for the scrollbar.


Defines whether the control will be visible in live mode. In design mode, the control is always visible.

Note that if this property is set to "Yes" (the default), this does not necessarily mean the control will really appear on the screen. Additional constraints are applied when calculating a control's effective visibility. For instance, a control placed in a hidden section in Writer will never be visible at all, until at least the section itself becomes visible.

If the property is set to "No", then the control will always be hidden in live mode.

Older OpenOffice.org versions up to 3.1 will silently ignore this property when reading documents which make use of it.


Define onde se ancora o control.

Precisamos da s煤a axuda!