Creating alternative forms

Alternative forms allow you to create different versions of existing field editing forms. The alternative forms can then be used instead of the default in the system's administration interface. You can create multiple alternative forms for a single object and use each of them in a different situation.

Object types for which you can create alternative forms

Object

Usage

UI for creating alternative forms

Example

Custom tables

To replace the default forms for creating and editing data entries in the administration interface (via the Automatically used alternative forms).

Custom tables -> Edit custom table -> Alternative forms

Creating alternative editing forms for custom tables

Page types
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In the Pages application to replace the default forms for adding or editing pages (after clicking New or on the page's Content tab).

In the Pages application on the Listing to allow editors to use custom fields of a specific page type when filtering the listing.

Page types -> Edit page type -> Alternative forms

Creating alternative forms for page types

Extending the page type listing filter

System objects

Both on the live site and in the administration interface, depending on the object type.

Modules -> Edit module -> Classes -> Edit class -> Alternative forms

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Alternative forms have no dedicated application in the administration interface, only the Alternative forms tab available when editing one of the listed objects.

Additional topics:

Alternative form properties

When creating new alternative forms or when editing existing alternative forms, you can set the following properties:

Display name

The name shown to users in the administration interface, e.g. when selecting alternative forms.

Code name

A unique name that serves as an identifier for the alternative form.

Make new fields hidden

Enabling this property ensures that any new fields added to the main form are not visible in the alternative form by default (the system adds the fields to the alternative form with the Display field in the editing form flag set as false).

Note: If the form uses a custom layout, it will not automatically display new fields even if this property is disabled. In this case, you must also add the new fields to the form layout.