Moving from MZ-Tools 3.0 to 8.0 Part 14: Naming controls fast with the Control Name Assistant

MZ-Tools 3.0 provided the TabIndex Assistant to set quickly the TabIndex property of controls. But there are two other properties of a control, the Name and the Caption, that need also to be set and that can be very time consuming. For that purpose, MZ-Tools 8.0 provides the Prompt Name and Caption feature, which was also present in MZ-Tools 3.0, and that asks you the Caption and Name properties. In MZ-Tools 8.0 you can set if you want to generate automatically the Name property from the Caption Property (removing spaces and other characters):


And completely new in MZ-Tools 8.0 is the Control Name Assistant, which shows a pair of textboxes for each control where you can enter the corresponding values for the Caption and Name properties:


The Control Name Assistant allows you to navigate the textboxes up/down and forward/backward with the arrow and tab keys of the keyboard. It also provides a toggle button on the toolbar to decide whether to generate the Name property from the Caption property or not, to further increase your productivity.

With this new feature you can now design your forms focusing first on adding and positioning controls, and focusing later on naming them.