Previewing Your Dialog

You can obtain a preview of your dialog at any point during the process of building it. The preview version of the dialog appears and functions as the dialog will when run from the menus.

To preview a custom dialog:

  1. From the menus in the Custom Dialog Builder choose:

File > Preview Dialog

Source variable lists are populated with dummy variables that can be moved to target lists.

Figure 1. Custom dialog preview
Preview version of a custom dialog showing source variables transferred to target lists.

Since dummy variables are used for the preview, you can't actually run the dialog against the active dataset in preview mode, so the OK button will simply close the dialog. The Paste button, however, pastes the command syntax generated from the syntax template (using the dummy variables) into the designated syntax window. This allows you to fully test the dialog's syntax generation before installing the dialog.