View settings: The Essentials

Configure view settings to tailor the app's user experience.

To configure the theme and brand to control the appearance of your app, including font style and size, see Style: The Essentials.

Configure view settings

To configure view settings:

  1. Open the app in the app editor.
  2. Go to one of the following: 
  3. Configure the settings.
  4. When you are done, save the app by selecting one of the following:
    • Save - Save the app.
    • Save & verify data - Save the app and verify that it is runnable based on external dependencies.
We've made some improvements to the app editor.
You are opted in to the new editor by default, but you can switch back to the legacy editor at any time.
 

If you are using the legacy editor

 To configure view settings:

  1. Open the app in the app editor.
  2. Select UX > Options.
  3. Configure the settings described in the following sections.
  4. When you are done, save the app by selecting one of the following:
    • Save - Save the app.
    • Save & verify data - Save the app and verify that it is runnable based on external dependencies.

Configure general settings

Configure the General settings that apply across the entire app.

Data formats

Configure the data formats that apply across the entire app.

Setting Description
Use accounting format Display price columns using accounting format.

General

Configure general settings that apply across the entire app.

Setting Description
Starting view Identify which view the user sees when the app is launched the first time after installation. See Choose the launch page for an app.
Start with About

 Turn on to display the app's About page the first time the app is started after installation, before any configured view is shown. The user will need to click OK to access app functionality.

The app's About page may be accessed within the app from the app main menu.

Show name and email in the side menu

 Turn on to display the name and email address of the app user in the app's main menu. This information is only known and displayed if the app requires user sign-in.

Show name and email in side menu

Pull to refresh Turn on to allow users to initiate a sync by dragging down.
Preview new features Turn on the Preview new features option to gain access to app features that are in the Preview Program.
Desktop mode (Preview) Turn on the new desktop design, currently in preview, to optimize the desktop experience.

Inputs

Configure the input settings that apply across the entire app.

Setting Description
Image upload size

Automatically downscale images uploaded with the app. See Capture images for more information. Choose Full to disable down-scaling.

Note: This setting applies throughout the app and can't be overridden elsewhere.

Save images to gallery

Turn off this setting to prevent images taken within the app on a mobile device from being saved to the device photo gallery/camera roll or from being accessed outside of the app.

This option is available to the following mobile app versions and above: 15.7 on Android or 15.2 on iOS. On earlier versions, images are always saved to the gallery.

Note: In some rare cases, a sync might be processed without an image. In this case, a copy of the image device’s gallery could be used as a backup, but only if this option is on.

Allow image input from gallery

Turn on to allow the app user to choose an existing image or use the device's camera to capture a new one. If you turn this setting off, existing images aren't available to the app.

Note: This setting applies throughout the app and can't be overridden elsewhere.

Allow scan input override

Turn on to allow the app user the opportunity to edit the value scanned from a barcode or with NFC. If you turn this setting off, the scanned value can't be edited by the app user.

Note: This setting applies throughout the app and can't be overridden elsewhere.

System Buttons

Configure the system button settings that apply across the entire app.

Setting Description
Allow five views in the bottom navigation bar Turn on to display the sync button in the top header bar and the share button in the side menu.
Disable share button Turn on to prevent users from sending app install links to other individuals.
Allow users to provide feedback Turn on to allow signed-in users to provide feedback to the app required. Requires user sign-in.

Configure view type settings

Configure the settings that apply to specific view types.

Dashboard view

Configure the settings for dashboard views.

Setting Description
Show overlay actions in dashboards Turn on to show overlay actions in all views within a dashboard.

 Detail view

Configure the settings for detail views.

Setting Description
Detail style

 Set the default detail style, either Normal, Centered, No Headings, or Side-by-side.

Note: The default detail style may be overridden for each detail view in the detail view's configuration.

Detail style setting examples

Detail image style

Set the default image style for details views. Valid options include:

  • Fill - Enlarge or shrink an image to completely fill the screen area. Some content might be hidden or distorted.
  • Fit - Enlarge or shrink an image to fit within the screen area without cropping or distortion.
  • Background - Set as background image.

You can override this setting when you configure the detail view.

Include Show columns in detail views Turn on this setting to include Show type columns in detail views. By default, Show type columns only appear in form views.
Nested row display Set the maximum number of rows to display without further user interaction for related reference lists.

Form view

Configure the settings for form views.

Setting

Description

Form page style

Set the default form page style: Default , Page Count, or Tabs.

Note: The default form page style may be overridden for each form view in the form view's configuration.

Form style

 Set the default form style, either Default or Side-by-side.

Note: The default form style may be overridden for each form view in the form view's configuration.

Form style, default and side-by-side

Hide from numbering

Turn on to hide numbering for fields in a form.

Advanced forms automatically

Turn on to automatically advance to the next field or page after completing a field. 

Apply show-if constraints universally

Turn on to apply the Show_If column constraint everywhere within the app. If you turn off this setting, Show_If applies only within form views. Most app creators will prefer this option to be on

Note: This setting applies throughout the app and can't be overridden elsewhere.

Map view

Configure the settings for map views.

Setting

Description

Use my Google Maps integration

Turn on to use the Google Maps key from the account settings for geocoding requests.

Note: You must turn on this setting if you have more than 1000 geocoded addresses per month.

Max pin limit

Set the maximum number of pins to show in map views.

Hide points of interest

Turn on to hide icons for local businesses, restaurants, and attractions.

Table view

Configure the table view settings.

Note: The table view settings apply throughout the app and can't be overridden elsewhere.
Setting Description
Show column headers Turn on to show column headers at the top of table views.
Keep original column order

Turn on to prevent AppSheet from intelligently reordering columns

Right-align numeric columns Turn on to display all numeric types as right-aligned.
Disable user sorting Turn on to prevent users from sorting tables by clicking the table header.

The following illustrates the impact of the various settings in the table views.

Table view settings examples

Configure localization settings

Customize the text shown in system buttons and notifications. Enter text or click the flask icon to enter an expression.

See also Localize: The Essentials.

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