Creating Custom Form Buttons to Open an External Application

When creating custom form buttons with VA Custom Form Buttons, you can decide to have the button open an external application.

To create a custom button that opens an external application:

  1. Open the VA Custom Form Buttons form.
  2. Click the New Record () icon in the toolbar at the top of the form.
  3. Press F4 in the Form field and select the form to which you are adding the button.
  4. Enter a ‘+’ in the Button ID field and the system will automatically assign it the next available ID number.
  5. This number distinguishes this button from all other custom buttons on the specified form.
  6. Enter the text that will display on the button in the Text field.
  7. Select External Application from the Action Type drop-down.
  8. Enter the location of the application in the Action field or click the Browse button to search for it.
    Note: Generally the location is the application’s .exe file. For example, if you want a button to open MS Word, you might enter C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE. If you want the button to open a specific MS Word document, enter the location of the document (e.g.,C:\CostAnalysis.doc).
  9. On the Parameters tab, specify any parameter settings that you want to pass to the external application. More
  10. Open the form where you placed the button.
  11. Select Tools > Move Custom Buttons to move and resize the button.
  12. Click Accept once you have positioned the button..
    Note: If you reposition a button outside of the normal tab control area, the button will not be included in the input/tabbing order.