On Thursday, May 23, 2002, at 11:24 PM, Douglas Stemen wrote: > The following example code demonstrates the bug with static edit fields > that > I am experiencing in my accounting program. > > In this example, a regular edit field can be made static and then > return to > non-static. > > A static edit field cannot be made non-static. There are some limitations on converting between static and editable fields in the Appearance runtime. (1) The window must have the _noAutoFocus FB attribute. (2) If a field is ever going to become editable, it must first be created editable (this sets up additional information internally). (3) After changing a field to static, you must 'divert' the focus either to another field or to nowhere (with edit field 0). Your demo can be made to work by following those (until now undocumented) tips. local fn doDialog dim as long evnt evnt = dialog( 0 ) select evnt case _btnClick long if button( 1 ) // make EF 1 static edit field 1, "static",, _statFramed edit field 2, "",, _framedNoCR xelse // make EF 2 static edit field 2, "static",, _statFramed edit field 1, "",, _framedNoCR end if end select end fn appearance window 1,,,,, _noAutoFocus edit field 1,, (10,10)-(100,25), _framedNoCR _usePlainFrame // if a field is ever going to be editable, it must be created editable edit field 2, "static", (120,10)-(220,25), _framedNoCR _usePlainFrame // change it to be static: edit field 2,,, _statFramed // complete the change by setting focus elsewhere: edit field 1 appearance button 1,, 0,,, "1 is static", (10,50)-(120,70),¬ _kControlCheckBoxAutoToggleProc on dialog fn doDialog do handleevents until 0 Robert P.