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Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

  • 1.  Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-16-2016 15:20

    Our application makes frequent use of record picker popups for associating parent records with child records.  Unfortunately, these record picker popup windows are almost always too small to be of use (showing an insufficient number of columns for selection), and users must resize them manually every time they appear.

    Is there a way to resize these windows to be a bit larger?  I have read a bit about the QB "PopBox" but cannot seem to locate the relevant 'PopBox'(s) on the Source Code for the form page which affect the record picker.  I am thinking that I could use the image onload technique to call JS to change sizing for this popbox in the event that it is called -- would this work?  If so, which popbox from source affects the record picker (or would you have to see the source for my app to determine this)?

    I humbly appreciate any guidance!

  • 2.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-16-2016 15:27
    You could create a Mutation Observer which will fire when the dialog becomes visible and have it automatically resize.

  • 3.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-16-2016 15:33
    Sounds good.  Only issue is that I am unsure where to point this -- there are 14 divs of class popbox on my source.  None of these appear to control the record picker popbox?  Or maybe one of them does and I am just being daft.  Would you happen to know the pertinent div id?

  • 4.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-16-2016 15:58
    I spoke too soon about using Mutation Observer. A Mutation observer watches for DOM changes and can execute a callback when an observed DOM element changes. But I think you are referring to the popup WINDOW which is in another context altogether. So I think the easiest way to do this is to just modify OpenAddMaster() which has hard-coded values for the width and height of the popup WINDOW

    From the console get the source of OpenAddMaster with this command:


    and run the string through http://jsbeautifier.org/

    You will get this output:


    Now in the module.js user defined page used in implementing the image onload technique just redefine the function OpenAddMaster so that is has the width and height you want:

      AM_window = (window.open(mdbid + "?a=GenNewRecord&bg=1", "_blank", "width=1000,height=600,scrollbars,resizable"));

    Yes it is true you can redefine any QuickBase function to make it do your bidding. April Fools Day is coming up shortly and this is a great technique to master to prank all of you cubicle pals.


    Here is the code to use in the child form:

    Pastie Database

    I added some logic to center the form in the middle of the screen and use the specified height and width.

  • 5.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-02-2017 10:59
    Awesome :)

    I will try it out today :)

  • 6.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-16-2016 16:06
    The popup you see in the host page are part of the host page's DOM. But the record picker opens a new window so it has its own DOM. The easiest way to control the size of the new window is to modify the function OpenAddMaster()  in the host page using the image onload technique as described in my second answer.

  • 7.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-16-2016 16:39
    I should add that the only thing you need to put in module.js is the modified function definition of OpenAddMaster which has the hardcoded values you want to use for the width and height. You don't use any of the standard module.js template code as all we are doing is redefining QuickBase's version of OpenAddMaster . Specifically don't put your new definition of OpenAddMaster in a closure as we want to modify the global version of OpenAddMaster.

  • 8.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 03-16-2016 20:46
    Thank you!  Your guidance here saved the day.

    For future onlookers, I will note that the function OpenAddMaster is executed when the "Add <Record>" button is clicked on the record picker; however, a separate function called openRecordPicker can be used to resize the record picker itself.

  • 9.  RE: Resize Record Picker Popup Window?

    Posted 05-12-2016 14:31
    I'm having a difficult time getting the openRecordPicker function to work. I changed "?a=GenNewRecord&bg=1" TO "?a=recordPicker&rpqid=6&showNewMaster=1&rpinstance=reffield". it doesn't seem to understand/find this form. I tried a couple different variables of the URL of the record picker but it doesn't seem to work. ANy ideas? Below is the full function.

    function OpenRecordPicker(mdbid, item, fid) {
    alert("module.js is now loaded - I now own your page");
      var width = 1200;
      var height = 600;
      var centerLeft = (screen.width / 2) - (width / 2);
      var centerTop = (screen.height / 2) - (height / 2);

      var settings = "";
      settings += "width=" + width;
      settings += ",height=" + height;
      settings += ",scrollbars,resizable";
      settings += ",left=" + centerLeft;
      settings += ",top=" + centerTop;

      AM_window = (window.open(mdbid + "?a=recordPicker&rpqid=6&showNewMaster=1&rpinstance=reffield", "_blank", "width=1200,height=600,scrollbars,resizable"));
      if (!AM_window || AM_window.closed) {
      masterDBID = mdbid;
      detailRPfids = fid;

      window.setTimeout(UpdateDetailPage, 50)