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  • How do I select multiple menu options when working with search pages and reports?

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    Posted on December 3rd, 2008Customer SupportFAQs

    There are several screens in Vertabase that use HTML multiple-select menus. These menus allow you to select more than one option simultaneously before clicking a Save or Submit button. For example, the Advanced Search section of the Global Task Report page uses the following multiple-select menus among others: User, Department, and Project. You can select more than one user to indicate that you wish to see tasks assigned to the users selected. By selecting three projects you would be able to see tasks belonging only to the three projects selected.

    To use these menus for selecting options, follow the guidelines listed below.

    1. Selecting only one option

    To select one and only one option from the menu, simply use your mouse to point and click the desired option. The chosen option will become highlighted to indicate selection. If you need to change which option is selected, use the mouse to point and click the desired alternative option.

    2. Selecting more than one option where the options are listed consecutively

    If you need to select more than one option, and these options are listed one after the other (consecutively) in the list, you can easily select several options simultaneously using the mouse alone or a combination of the keyboard and mouse.

    Using the mouse alone, point and click the top-most option among the list that should be selected. Make sure that when clicking the option you hold the mouse button down (do not release it yet). Next, drag the mouse pointer down the list. You will notice that while dragging the mouse all options passed over by the mouse are highlighted. Once you have highlighted all the desired options, release the mouse button.

    Using a combination of the keyboard and mouse, start by using the mouse to point and click the top-most option among the list that should be selected. Next, hold the Shift button down on your keyboard as you use the mouse to point and click the bottom-most option among the list to be selected. Release the Shift button. You will notice that the top-most, bottom-most and all options in between have been highlighted.

    3. Selecting more than one option where the options are not listed consecutively

    In cases where the desired options are not listed consecutively in the menu, a combination of the keyboard and mouse are required. Select items by holding the CTRL button down on the keyboard while using the mouse to point and click each desired option. Continue to hold the CTRL button down until you have clicked all the options you wish. Once finished selecting the options, release the CTRL button. After releasing the CTRL button, you can continue to select additional options by holding the CTRL button down again before clicking them.

    IMPORTANT: If you fail to hold the CTRL button down while attempting to highlight more options you will lose all of your previous selections. They will be de-selected and you will have to start selecting options all over again. This could be to your advantage if your intention is to start over again.

    4. De-selecting a single option

    When working with a list of menu options (or a single option) that have already been highlighted, you may wish to de-select a single option. This is done by holding the CTRL button down on your keyboard as you click the highlighted option. The highlight will be removed from the option. Once you have finished with the changes, release the CTRL button.