Use bulk actions

Bulk actions allow you to quickly highlight or execute an action on a set of rows. In the table, deck, and gallery views, actions can be applied in bulk to many rows at once.

There are two primary ways in which this action can be performed

  • Bulk select (described below)
  • Data: execute an action on a set of rows action, as described in Actions: The Essentials.

Use bulk select

Bulk select is the ability to scroll through the view highlighting the rows where you want to apply a normal action. If you work with applications that contain to-do lists, site management, or other daily reporting functions, activating this feature will allow you to work more efficiently. 

In the images below you'll be able to observe the action being performed in an expense tracking application that contains new expenses submitted for approval.

To use bulk actions:

  1. Enter selection mode by clicking the select button on a table, deck, or gallery view that has one or more actions (Data > Actions in the app editor) or that allows users to delete records. Alternatively, you can long-press any row to enter selection mode.

    Click the select button on a table, deck or gallery view that has one or more actions to enter selection mode
  2. Once in selection mode, tap on rows to select them. As you select rows, actions will appear in the top right corner of the screen. Note: Only actions that are valid for all selected rows will appear.

    Select rows, notice valid actions appear in the top right corner
  3. Finally, tap an action to update all the selected rows. If the app has delayed sync enabled, the changes will be queued; otherwise a sync will be triggered.

    Expenses are now all shown as approved
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