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Simple? Allow page breaks, but don't break a captioned text field to begin with.

SunsV
Level 3
Level 3

Hi there,

I think this is a simple one (hopefully).

I have a flowed form (dynamic). In one section I have multiple text fields, one after another flowing from top to bottom. There are about 15 of these. The text files all have captions - some of them running into several lines. Each text filed is expandable - they start off as 4 lines deep approx, but could well be pages long depending on what the user enters.

My question is, how do I set up each text field (or the subform wrapper) so that the page break doesn't occur at the beginning of a text field but can still be more than one page. ie. I don't want the caption or the 4 original lines to be split over two pages. Or to look at it another way I want each text field to start on a new page IF the original height before text input cannot be accommodated on the previous page?

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mouslander
Level 7
Level 7

I have read this a couple times but I am not sure I fully understand what you are asking for. Let me see if I have this correct. You have fields that expand but you would prefer that a field not break essentially near the top. you would prefer that the field move to the top of the next page then continue from there. If the field is large and spans the page that is fine it can break/flow across that page? does that get it right?

SunsV
Level 3
Level 3

Hi Mouselander - that is correct.

In physical terms, each text field (with caption) starts off about say 6 lines deep max. So when the form is empty there can be as many as 5 of these up on an A4 page. The problem arises when say the first of these 5 fields starts to get populated beyond a few lines - it shunts all the other fields further down as you would expect leaving the fifth perched between two pages - a bit ugly. This would be fine - I could just uncheck the 'allow to break between pages' button, but there may well be an instance where someone uses a text field to go beyond a whole page, and then that stops the whole thing from working again.

I wondered if it was a simple combination of check box options I needed to use, but not sure.

mouslander
Level 7
Level 7

If I understand this correctly then it should be pretty easy. On the subform you want to uncheck the box that says: Allow Page Breaks Within Content. this can be found within the Object Subform dialog box

What should happen is that when you get to the bottom of the page that subform will push to the next page however it should flow over pages if it goes the full length of the page. Let me know if that works for you