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Adding items to your Interactive Grid Toolbar

The APEX Interactive Grid uses the Toolbar widget to create the default Toolbar showing the Search box, Actions menu, Save button etc. And since quite a while there is a nice Plugin "Extend IG Toolbar" by Marko Goricki that makes it very easy to add additional buttons to the Toolbar.

But what if you need more than a button? 

Inspecting the contents of widget.toolbar.js, you can easily spot there can be added more to the Toolbar than just a button:
The type of control, available values:

The first example will show a way to easily switch from one filter to another. Of course we could use the standard functionality and create two different Report views, but using a Radio Group on the Toolbar gives a more "Tab" like user experience.

So how can we create a Radio Group that looks like a switch in the Toolbar?
In the Javascript Code property of the Interactive Grid add the code below:

function (options) {
  var tgc = options.toolbarData.toolbarFind("actions3").controls;
  // Add a Radio Group to the Toolbar
  // and define the associated action (that does the actual work)
      type: "RADIO_GROUP"
      , action: "set-source"
      , id: "P855_SOURCE_SWITCH"
  // Define the action : The options and what to do on change
  options.initActions = function (actions) {
        name: "set-source"
        , choices: [
          { label: "JOP", value: "J" }
          , { label: "Retouren", value: "R" }
        , action: function (evt, elm) { // Show the current selection
          $("input:radio[name=report_ig_toolbar_set-source][value=" + elm.value + "]").addClass("current");
          // Set the value of the Page Item to the selected value
          $s("P855_SOURCE", elm.value);
  return options;

And in our IG query we would reference P855_SOURCE (and use it in Page Items to Submit).
It will look like this (and work like a charm):

Likewise you can add a Select list with a label:

function (options) {
  var tgc = options.toolbarData.toolbarFind("actions3").controls;
  // Add Static text (as a label)
    type: "STATIC"
    , label: "Aantal maanden"
  // Add Select list
    type: "SELECT"
    , action: "set-months"
    , id: "P852_TOOLBAR_MONTHS"
  // Add the options and the actual action§  
  options.initActions = function (actions) {
      name: "set-months",
      choices: [{ label: "1", value: "1" }
        , { label: "2", value: "2" }
        , { label: "3", value: "3" }
        , { label: "4", value: "4" }
        , { label: "5", value: "5" }
        , { label: "6", value: "6" }
        , { label: "7", value: "7" }
        , { label: "8", value: "8" }
        , { label: "9", value: "9" }
        , { label: "10", value: "10" }
        , { label: "11", value: "11" }
        , { label: "12", value: "12" }
      action: function (evt, sel) {
        // Set the Page Item to the selected value  
        var v = sel.options[sel.selectedIndex].value;
        $s("P852_MONTHS", v);
  return options;

The result is looks like shown below. This gives the end user the opportunity to quickly select a number of months he would like to see in the report.

Similar, you can also add regular text fields. In this example I needed two dates (to and from) that are used in the query and another (number) field. Without this option these fields would appear in a (filter) region above the report and that wouldn't look that good (and would consume valuable screen estate).
As this is more standard than creating a (specific) select list, I made it easy for you and created a plugin that can add regular input fields and static text to the toolbar.

You can see a demo here and download it here.


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