As you place items on the page, they form a sequence. This sequence is called the build order
, since it is the order in which you build the form. This means items later in the build order are drawn on top (in front) of items earlier in the build order.
The build order of items on a page is the same as the order that the items are listed in the Outline
view. However, build order seldom reflects the order in which the items actually appear on the form, since the items can be moved anywhere once they have been created. If you have overlapping items, and want to bring one item in front of the other one, change their order in the Outline view. In the example below, the Home Address
label and field are behind the grey field as they are higher in the build order. Once the Home Address
label and field are moved lower in the build order than the grey field, they appear in front of the grey field.
When you use relative positioning, you must be aware of this build order. If you position an item, any item that you use as a reference must precede the item you place in the build order. For example, if you created a label, then a field, and then a button, you would be able to position the button in relation to either the field or the label. However, you would not be able to position the label in relation to either of the other items, because those items come after it in the build order.
The build order also affects the tab order of the form. For more information on tab order, see Tab order
To change the build order of items:
Parent topic: Arranging items on a page
- In the Outline view, select an item and drag it up or down in the list.
- When the cursor is at the location in the list where you want the item, release the left mouse button.