About edit styles

You can define edit styles for columns. Edit styles specify how column data is presented in DataWindow objects. Unlike display formats, edit styles do not only affect the display of data; they also affect how users interact with the data at runtime. Once you define an edit style, it can be used by any column of the appropriate datatype in the database.

When edit styles are used

If both a display format and an edit style have been assigned to a column, the edit style is always used, with one exception. When you assign an EditMask edit style to a column, you can check the Use Format check box on the Format property page for the column to use the edit mask format when focus is on the column, and the display format mask when focus is off the column.

Edit styles

The following table shows the available edit styles.

Edit style

What the edit style does


Edit box (default)

Displays a value in the box

For data entry, type a value


Displays a value from the drop-down list

For data entry, select or enter a value


Displays a check box selected or cleared

For data entry, select or clear the check box


Displays radio buttons, one of which is selected

For data entry, select one of the radio buttons


Displays formatted data

For data entry, type a value


Displays a value from a drop-down DataWindow

For data entry, select a value


Allows display of data in rich text formats.


On Tablet PCs, displays an InkEdit control so the user can enter data with the stylus.


For example, suppose you have a column Status that takes one of three values: the letters A, T, and L, each representing a status (Active, Terminated, or On Leave). If you assign it the RadioButton edit style, userscan simply click a button instead of having to type A, T, or L. You do not have to create a validation rule to validate typed input.