The Tab Order feature enables you to define a tab order for the controls on the page. Once defined, every time the user of the device (Web and Windows clients only) taps the Tab key, the focus of the solution jumps to the next control in the tab order sequence.
When selected, this command does the following: (i) displays the Tab Order Options dialog (screenshot below), (ii) shows a blue number icon on all controls in the design that may be assigned a number in the tab order sequence (see screenshot), (iii) shows icons indicating Enter and Escape key shortcuts (green and pink icons, respectively) on those controls for which the control property On Enter/Escape has been set (see screenshot).
To set the tab order sequence, do the following:
1.Open the Tab Order Options dialog. The Next tab number field will display 1. All the controls that may be assigned to the tab order sequence are indicated with a blue circle containing a question mark.
2.Click the control to which you wish to assign the number 1 in the tab order sequence. That control's icon will now contain the number 1, and the number in the Next tab number field will increment to 2.
3.Click the control that you want to be the second in the tab order sequence. That control's icon will now contain the number 2, and the number in the Next tab number field will increment to 3.
4.Continue to click controls in the sequence in which you want to define the entire tab number sequence.
Note the following points:
•The number in the Next tab number field will always be assigned to the next selection. This number can be manually changed or automatically incremented.
•The Auto increment option automatically increments the next number by one. If this option is not selected, then the Next tab number field does not increment and the number of the next control you select will depend on the value of the Keep numbers unique option.
•You can change the number of any individual control by setting its number in the Next tab number field and then clicking the control.
•The Keep numbers unique option ensures that the next selection is different from the previously assigned numbers.
•You can remove all the numbers assigned in the design by clicking Clear all assigned numbers.
Note: The Tab Order feature is available on Web and Windows clients only.
Note: The Tab Order feature can also be set for an individual control by selecting the control and setting its Tab Order property to the number in the sequence that you want for that control.
Displaying the tab sequence, indicating controls assigned Enter/Escape shortcuts
When the Tab Order Options dialog is opened, the following indicators in the design become visible:
•All controls that may be assigned to the tab order sequence are indicated with a blue circle containing a number giving its position in the sequence. If the control has not been assigned to the tab order sequence, the blue circle contains a question mark.
•Controls that have been assigned an Enter or Escape key shortcut are indicated with the respective shortcut indicators (see screenshot above). If more than one control has been assigned to the same (Enter or Escape) shortcut, then the shortcut will apply to the first visible and enabled control of the set.