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.

Ajaja kana bira gahuuf...

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).


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

Arfiilee ugguraa

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).

Barruu durtii

Durtii barruu sanduuqa barruuf ykn makaaf qindeessi.

Barruu gargaarsaa

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.

Barruu gargaarsaa

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.


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.


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".

Cuqaasurratti xiyyeeffannaa fudhadhu

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


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.


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


When using the Tab key, focusing skips the control.


The control can be selected with the Tab key.


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

Dhangii Guyyaa

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


Dirreewwan dhangii(guyyaa, yeroo, maallaqaa, lakkoofsaa)hundinuu akkuma naqa galchiturratti hundaa'udhaan isaan dhiiftun dhangii filame keessaa ofumaan dhangi'ama.

Dhangii jabaa

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.

Dhangii yeroo

You can define the desired format for the time display.

Dheerina barruu olaanaa

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).

Dirree sarxaa

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.

Weyta qabduulee raadiyootti fayyadaman barruu goodayyaa garee qofatu akka dirree sarxatti fayyade. Barruun qabduuleen raadiyoo kun garee walfakkaatan hundaaf fayyada.

Yoo qabduu ... dirree barruutti aanu irra cuqaaste, qaaqa Filannoo Dirree Sarxaa ilaaluu dandeessa. Sarxaa tarreerraa fili.

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


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.

Durtii gatii mari

Sets the default value for the scrollbar.

Durtii haalojii

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

Gosa qabduu haaromsituuf, Yoo qabduun haaromsuu dhimmamaan ka'aa taate haalojii too'annoo ibsuu dandeessa.

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

Filannoo Durtii

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.

Qaaqa Durtii filannoo keessatti, yeroo unkaa sanduuqa tarree qabu bannu galfata akka filatetti mallateessuu barbaadde fili.

Filannoo dhoksi

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.

Filannoo hedduu

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


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.

Gad buusaa

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.

Sanduuqonni makaan akka sarjaawwanii gabatee too'annootti saagaman yeroo hunda akka durtitti gadbuufama.

Galfatawan Tarree

Please note the tips referring to the keyboard controls.

Galfata tarree durtii durmurtaawaan gara sanduuqa Makaa durtii filannoo tti gala.


Note that the list entries entered here are only incorporated into the form if, on the Data tab under List Content Type, the option "Value List" is selected.

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.


Galmeewwan HTML'iif, galfatni tarree cancala Waliigalaa iyyaatoo HTML iin walgitanitti <OPTION>; galfatni gatii tarree cancala Deetaa irraa Qabeentota Tarree jalaa iyyaatoo <OPTION VALUE=...> walgitu galchuu.


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.

Gatii Durtii

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.

Gatii dabalamiinsa/hir'ifamiinsaa

Intarvaalota too'annoo qabduu qaanxii tokko kakaasuf hir'isuu ykn dabaluu tilmaama.

Gatii gadaanaa

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

Gatii gadaanaa mari.

Specify the minimum value of a scrollbar control.

Gatii olaanaa

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

Gatii olaanaa mari.

Specify the maximum value of a scrollbar control.


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:




Gochi tokkollee hin ml'atu

Unkaa dabarsi

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.

Yeroo gara faayilii PDF alerginu URL gara amala unkaa deetaa sanduuqa barruu "URL" galchaa.

Unkaa Haaromsi

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

Galmee banaa /fuula saphaphuu

URL URLjalatti ibsame bana. Goodayyaa galtee ibsuuf Goodayyaa fayyadamuu dandeessa.

Kuusa jalqabaa

Unkaa ammee gara kuusaa jalqabatti siiqsi.

Kuusaa duraa

Unkaa ammee gara kuusaa duratti siiqsi.

Kuusaa ittaanu

Unkaa ammee gara kuusaa ittaanutti siiqsi.

Kuusaa xumuraa

Unkaa ammee gara kuusaa maayyii/Dhumaa siiqsi.

kuusaa kaa'i

Yoo barbaachisaa ta'e ,kuusaa ammee olkaa'i.

Galiinsa deetaa gaabbi

Jijjiirame kuusaa ammee keessaa faallessa.

Kuusaa haaraa

Unkaa ammee gara tarree saaguu siiqsi.

Kuusaa haqi

Kuusaa ammee haqi

Unkaa haaromsi

Unkaa ammee dhihoo kana kaawaman deebi'ii fe'i.


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.

Yoo dirree cuqaaste, filannoo tarree goodayyaa kamitti galmeen ittaanu akka fe'amu murteessuu filachuu dandeessa. Danda'ammoonni kanaa gadii ni jiru:




Galmeen ittaanu goodayyaa duwwaa haaraa keessatti uumame


Galmeen ittaanu goodayyaa haadhoo keessatti uumame. Yoo haadhoon tokkoolleen hin argamne, galmee goodayyaa wal fakkatu keessatti uumame.


Galmeen ittaanu goodayyaa haadhoo keessatti uumame.


Galmeen ittaanu fooddaa sadarkaa gubbaa keessatti uumame, innis, sadarkaa goodayyaa olaanaa keessatti; yoo goodayyaa ammeen fooddaa gubbaa ta'e, galmeen goodayyaa ammee keessatti uumame.


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

Gosa barruu

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.


Yoo gasa barruu "Sar-baay'ee dhangi'amaa" filte, too'annoo kana gara dirree kuusaa deetaa hidhuu hin dandeessu.


Too'annoon kun sarjaa barruu too'annoo gabatee keessaa "naqa sararabaay'ee" maqeessa.

Guyyaa Gadaanaa

Determines the earliest date that a user can enter.

Guyyaa durtii

Durtii guyyaa qindeessi.

Guyyaa olaanaa

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


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.

Haguuggee gulaallii

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

Dheerinni haguuggee gulaallii lakkoofsa qubannoowwan naqaa danda'amu tilmaama. Yoo dhimmamaan arfiilee haguuggee gulaallitiin wal hin ginne galche, naqni ni tufama weyta dhimmamaan dirree gad dhiisetti. Haguuggee gulaallii ibsuuf arfiilee asiin gadii kana galchuu dandeessa.




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.


Only the characters 0-9 can be entered.


Arfiileen maxxanfamuu danda'an hundi galuu danda'u.


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

Haguuggee "__.__.2000" sararaaf, fakkeenyaaf, haguuggee gulaali "NNLNNLLLLL" hiiki itti aansuun itti gargaaramaan yeroo guyyaa saagu lakqurxoota afur qofa saaga.that the user can only enter four digits when entering a date.

Haguuggee laataraalii

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.


Dheerinni haguuggee laataraalii yeroo hunda dheerina haguuggee gulaallitiin wal gitu qaba. Yoo kun dhimma hin taane, haguuggeen gulaallii takkaa ni murama ykn hanga dheerina haguuggee gulaallii duwwaan guutama.

Halluu Duubbee

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.

Halluu Handaaraa

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

Halluu mallattoo

Halluu mallattoolee too'annoowwaniif ibsa, fakkeenyaaf xiyya kabala maraa irraa.

Hammamtaa Sajoo

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

Hammamtaa mul'ataa

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.


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.

Hantuutee golollee marfataa

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.

Hiriirsuu/ Saxaatoowwan hiriirsuu

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.


    Filannoon Hiriirsa qabduuleef Saxatoo Hiriirsaa jedhame waamama.

Hojjaa dalgee

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.

Iddo bu'ee dursaa

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.

Iddoo qabsiisuu

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.

Irra deebi'i

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

Jijjiirama guddaa

Yeroo dhimmamaan gara islaayidii ittaanaa kabala maraa irraa cuqaasu gatii dabalaa ykn hir'inaa ifteessa.

Jijjiirame xiqqaa

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

Kabal naannawiinsa

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

Kabala Maraa

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


Iddoo too'annoon korkoda'u hiiki.

Kuusaa irratti gocheessuu

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.

Kuusaa malkata

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

Mallattoo Maallaqaa

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


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.


Yoo maakroo wajjiin hojjatta ta'e, maqoonni too'annoowwanii adda ta'uu isaa mirkaneessi.

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.


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


Too'annoon akka haalata jiru keessatti mul'atu ibsi. Haalata saxaxa keessatti, too'annoon yeroo hundaa mul'ata.

Hubachiisa, yoo amali kun gara "Tole" (durtii)tti qindaa'e, kana jechuun too'annoon sirriimaan argii irratti uumama jechuu miti. Ittisamootni dabalataa yeroo mul'ita kan too'annoo sirriitti herregnu hojjoomu. Fakkeenyaaf, too'annoo kutaa dhokataa hanga kutaan xiqqaan ofiisaa mul'atuti kan Barreessaa keessaa hundi isaa tasumayyuu hin mul'atu.

Yoo amali "No"tti qindaa'e, too'annoon yeroo hunda haalata jiru keessaa dhokata.

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Mura jechaa

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 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.


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


Olee too'annoo hiiki.


Too'annoo qabannoo Y, korkoddii sadhaatawaan hiiki.

Qabduu durtii

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.


Amalli kun qabduu qeenxee galmee keessaa qofatti ramadamuu qaba.

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.

Qabduu qanxii

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


Qajeelfama surdala ykn sarjaa kabala maraa ykn qabduu qaanxii ifteessa.

Qoodduu kumaatamaa

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


Too'annoo qabannoo X, korkoddii sadhaatawaan hiiki.


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.


Resizes the image to fit the size of the control.

Sararaa lakkoofsaa

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.

Sararootni Barruu kan dhaabbatan

Dirreewwan barruutif, dhuma lakkada sararaa weyta barruu sarjaa kuusaa deetaatti barreessinu fayyadamnu fili.


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.

Sirrina kurnyee

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

Tarkaanfii Gatii

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.

Tartiiba cancalaa

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.

You can also easily define the indices of the different controls in the Tab Order dialog.


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.


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.

Yoo hantuutee qabduu haalata Dhimmamaa irra siiqsine, URL'n akka qaccee diriiratti argama, barruun Gargaarsa biraa hin galle jajjabeessa.

URL Gargaarsa

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.


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.


Bal'ina too'annoo hiiki.

Yeroo durtii

Durtii yeroo qindeessi.

Yeroo gadaanaa

Determines the minimum time that a user can enter.

Yeroo olaanaa

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

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