Viewing Specification Forms

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You view specification forms with Coding Definitions | Units | Specification Forms. The window contains the following:

View section: Shows the list of current specification forms.

Code: Click this heading to sort the list by code. Click again to reverse the order (from ascending to descending or vice versa).

Description: Click this heading to sort the list by description. Click again to reverse the order.

Apply Filter: Lets you set up a filter to select which records should be shown in the table. For more information, see Table Filters.

Details section: Shows information from the selected record.

Specification Form Fields section: Lists the fields of the selected specification form.

Default Report Layout section: Shows the default layout for specification information when it appears in a report.

Custom Report Layout section: Shows any custom layout for specification information in a report.

Specifications section: Shows units that use the selected specification form.

New Specification Form: Opens a window to create a new specification form record. Fields in the new record will either be blank or assigned default values (as specified in the Defaults for Specification Forms section).

Edit: This drop-down button offers several possible actions:

Edit: Opens an editor window to let you edit the selected record.

View: Opens an editor window where you can examine the selected record.

Restore: Restores a deleted record. This button is only active if the viewer is in All mode and if you've selected a deleted record. When you click Restore, MainBoss will open a window that lets you examine the contents of the deleted record. If you save the record and close the window, the record will be restored to the Active list.

Delete: Deletes the record that's currently selected.

Print: Opens a window to let you print information about your specification forms. For more, see Printing Specification Forms.

Search: Lets you search through the list of records for a particular record. For more information, see Searching for a Particular Record. The Search button has an accompanying drop-down list containing the following:

Find Next: Uses the same search condition(s) as your most recent search and finds the next record in the table that matches the condition(s). If the search reaches the end of the table without finding a matching record, it goes to the start of the table and continues the search.

Find Previous: Same as Find Next except that it goes backward in the table. If the search reaches the start of the table without finding a matching record, it goes to the end of the table and continues the search.

Refresh: Updates the list to reflect any recent changes.

Defaults for Specification Forms section: Shows any defaults to be used when creating new specification forms.

Edit Defaults: Opens a window to let you change the displayed default values.

Refresh: Updates the list to reflect any recent changes.

For more on specification forms, see Specification Forms. For more information on creating or editing specification form records, see Editing Specification Forms. For general information on table viewers, see Using Table Viewers.

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