CIS Forms Toolbar

The toolbar at the top of the screen consists of two rows: an upper row showing the labels of various menus and a lower row showing icons for the most commonly used options from those menus.

Toolbar Enter Clicking any menu label will display the menu, from which an option can be selected by clicking on it. Hovering over an icon with the cursor will display a tooltip showing which option the icon represents. The available options and some of their descriptions vary according to where the cursor is positioned in the form. A greyed-out icon indicates an option that is not available in the current context.

The first icon on the left is the Search icon and this is a special one - its appearance switches between the two versions shown below depending on whether clicking it will perform a search or allow you to enter search criteria.

Search Enter

Enter criteria for a search


Search Execute

Perform a search


When you are entering criteria for a search, the magnifying glass icon has a small green disc with a triangle superimposed. Clicking it will perform the search using the criteria you have already entered. When search results are being displayed or you are adding or amending data, the plain magnifying glass is shown. Clicking it now will allow you to enter criteria for another search.

Listed below are the options on each menu and their corresponding icons (if any).

Form

Option

Description

Icon

Save Saves the current form's data to the database. Save
Clear All Not used.
Print Prints the current window. Print
Exit Leaves the current screen and take you back to the previous screen. If you click Exit on the main Corporate Information System screen, you will be prompted for confirmation. Exit

Edit

Option

Description

Icon

Cut Cuts the selected text from an item to the clipboard. The text may then be pasted elsewhere. Cut
Copy Copies the selected text from an item to the clipboard. The text may then be pasted elsewhere. Copy
Paste Pastes text you have previously cut or copied. Paste
Edit Displays an editor box that allows you view or edit long items more easily. The editor box has buttons for OK, Cancel and Search. OK returns any changes you have made back to the item on the screen. Cancel returns without saving any changes. Search allows you to search or replace within the text.
Display List Displays a List of Values on items which have a down arrow button next to them. If the item is a date then a calendar will be displayed instead.

Action

Option

Description

Icon

Search (label varies) Clears all items and allows you to enter search criteria. Search Enter
Perform Search (label varies) Performs a search using the criteria you have entered. Search Execute
Last Criteria Once you have performed a search you may click on the Search icon and then use the Last Criteria option to perform another search with the same criteria you had entered previously.
Count Hits If you select this option after entering your search criteria, it will return a count of the number of records which would be returned if the search was to be performed.
Fetch Next Set After performing a search you may have moved forwards and back again through a sequence of records. If you did not reach the last record found in the database, then the Fetch Next Set option will jump to the record after the latest one in the sequence which you had viewed. It will leave you in the current record if you had already viewed all records.

Block

Option

Description

Icon

Next (label varies) Moves the cursor to the next block of items on the screen. Next Block
Previous (label varies) Moves the cursor to the previous block of items on the screen. Previous Block
Clear Clears the data from all items in the current block.

Record

Option

Description

Icon

Previous (label varies) Moves the cursor to the previous record. Previous Record
Next (label varies) Moves cursor to the next record. Next Record
Scroll Up In multi-record blocks, moves back several records.
Scroll Down In multi-record blocks, moves forward several records.
Create (label varies) Creates a new blank record ready for data to be entered. Create
Delete (label varies) Deletes the current record. Delete
Lock Not used - locking is handled automatically.
Duplicate Immediately after creating a new (blank) record, selecting this option will copy the data from the previous record into the new one.
Clear Clears all items in the current record.

Field

Option

Description

Icon

Previous Moves the cursor to the previous item.
Next Moves the cursor to the next item.
Clear Clears the current item.
Duplicate Copies data to the current item from the same item in the previous record.

Window

This menu may be ignored since it provides no useful options.

Help

Option

Description

Icon

Help Displays help information relevant to the current position of the cursor. Help
Keys Displays the shortcut keys available in the current form.
Display Error Displays the last Oracle error encountered.
Debug Not used.