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Choosing a Screen Type

In LightSwitch, a screen is a visual representation of the data in a data source. You can use any of the following screen templates as a starting point to create a screen:

This screen appears when a user clicks a Details button on another screen. For example, you might create a screen that displays only a few fields of data. If you want the user to see more information, add a Details button to the screen.

The following illustration shows a screen that shows the details of a customer in the running application.

Details screen

link to video For a related video demonstration, see How Do I: Create an Edit Details Screen in a LightSwitch Application?.

Use the Editable Grid Screen template when you want users to be able to change multiple rows at one time. By default, the editable grid screen displays all of the rows in an entity or table. A user can press Tab to move from field to field to make changes. When all the changes are made, the user can click Save to save them to the data source.

The following illustration shows a portion of an editable grid screen in the running application.

Editable grid screen

Use the List and Details Screen template when you want users to get an overview of the rows in a data source and also be able to read the details about any one of the rows. By default, the screen contains two areas. One of these areas contains a row for each item in the data source. The other area shows the details about the item that is selected. A user can modify the fields, and then click Save to save the changes to the data source.

The following illustration shows a List and Details screen in the running application.

List and details screen

Use the New Data Screen template when you want users to be able to insert new rows one at a time. By default, the screen contains entries for every field of data. The labels for required fields appear as bold text. Also by default, the screen uses controls that match the underlying data fields. For example, a Boolean data field is represented by a CheckBox control on the screen, and a DateTime field is represented by a DateTimePicker control.

Users click Save to add the information to the data source.

The following illustration shows a portion of a new data screen in the running application.

New data screen

Use the Search Data Screen template when you want a user to be able to locate a row of data. By default, the screen displays a read-only grid of all the rows of data. To search for a specific entry, a user can type a term in the search box. The search returns all rows where any field matches the search term. Clicking on a result opens a Details screen for that record.

The following illustration shows a portion of a search screen. This example shows a portion of all customers in the USA.

Search screen

link to video For a related video demonstration, see How Do I: Create a Search Screen in a LightSwitch Application?.

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