Use the Main form and its components

Forms in the Customer Service Hub have a new experience that saves users some clicks and helps them maintain context while working on related records. You can see the forms enlisted in the solution explorer in the Customization area. The form type of the new forms is Main.

This topic explains how to edit a Main form, and add or change various elements of the form.

Open the form editor

To edit a form or to add or change elements, use the form editor. The form editor lets you edit forms for all unified interface based apps, like the Customer Service Hub app.

Follow the procedures given below to access the form editor:

Note

If you create any new solution components in the process of editing the form, the names of the components will use the solution publisher customization prefix for the default solution and these components will only be included in the default solution. If you want any new solution components to be included in a specific unmanaged solution, open the form editor through that unmanaged solution.

Access the form editor through App designer

  1. Go to Settings > My Apps.
  2. Select ... on an app and select Open in App designer.
  3. Select the down arrow Down arrow for app designer to expand the tile and see a list of forms.
  4. Select the site map designer button sitemap designercorresponding to the form to edit the form in the Form designer.

    Form editor in app designer

  5. Select Save to save the changes and select Publish to publish them for use in the app.

Note

If you have made any changes to the app, publish them using the app level publish option. See Publish an app using the app designer for more information.

Note

The webclient Main form is also compatible with the Customer Service Hub and is available to be edited using the App designer.

Access the form editor through the default solution

  1. Go to Settings > Customizations.
  2. Click Customize the System to open the default solution.
  3. Under Components, expand Entities, expand the entity you want, and then select Forms.
  4. In the list of forms, open the form of type Main.

Access the form editor for an unmanaged solution

  1. Go to Settings > Customizations.
  2. Click Solutions.
  3. Double-click the unmanaged solution you want to work with.
  4. Locate the entity with the form you want to edit. If the entity isn’t there, you’ll need to add it.

Add an entity to an unmanaged solution

  1. Select the Entities node and, in the toolbar above the list, click Add Existing.
  2. In the Select Solution Components dialog box, with the Component Type selector set to Entity, select the entity you want to add and click OK.
  3. If the Missing Required Components dialog box appears, you can click No, do not include required components if you don’t intend to export this unmanaged solution to another organization. If you don’t want to include missing required components at this time, you can add them later. You’ll receive notification again if you export this solution in the future.
  4. In the solution explorer expand the entity with the form you want to edit and select Forms.
  5. In the list of forms, open the form of type Main.

Publish the changes for use in the Customer Service Hub

Certain customizations that make changes to the user interface require that they be published before people can use them in the application. To publish your customization, in the solution explorer, click Publish All Customizations.

Form editor user interface

The form editor displays commands in three tabs: File, Home, and Insert.More information:

The form editor is divided into three areas: Navigation, Body, and Explorer.

Main form user interface

Navigation Located on the left side, use the navigation area to control access to related entities or to add links to URLs to be displayed in the main pane of the form. To edit navigation, you must first select the Navigation command in the Select group of the Home tab.

Main forms provide navigation options through the navigation bar, but use the same data in the navigation area to control what navigation options are available. More information: Edit Navigation

Body Located in the center, use the body area to control the layout of the form. You can select and drag form elements to position them. Double-clicking on an element will open the properties for the element.

By default, for the Case, Contact, and Account Main forms, the first section under the Summary tab shows the account or contact card form of type Quick View. For custom entities, this section is not available by default. You can insert a new section and a quick view form in it. The card form shows a maximum of five fields. Other than fields, it isn’t possible to show other controls in the Blue tile even if the quick view form contains it.

Note

To preserve the card format (as shown in the following image), we recommend that you do not move the quick view form to any other section on the form.

card-format

More information: Create and edit quick view forms

  • To add a field, select it from the Field Explorer and drag it into a section.

    • To add an element that’s not a field, select where you want to place it and use the appropriate command from the Insert tab add it.

    • To remove an element, select it and use the Remove command in the Edit group of the Home tab.

    • To edit the Header or Footer for the form you must first select the corresponding command in the Select group of the Home tab. The fields in the header and footer are shown below the customer card (the Blue tile) in the runtime.

Explorer Located on the right side, the content of the explorer area depends on the context.

  • When you select Body, Header, or Footer in the Select group of the Home tab, you’ll see the Field Explorer. Use the Field Explorer to drag fields you want to display into a section in the form or within the header or footer. You can include the same field multiple times in a form. Use the New Field button as a shortcut to create a new field.

  • When you select Navigation in the Select group of the Home tab you’ll see the Relationship Explorer. Drag any of the relationships into one of the groups within the navigation area. You cannot add the same relationship twice. Relationships are available based on how they are configured. If you configure a relationship to not display, it won’t display in the Relationship Explorer. For information about how to configure default display options for relationships, see Navigation Pane Item for Primary Entity

You can use the New 1:N and New N:N buttons as a shortcut to add new entity relationships.

File tab

Select the File tab to add/view the following options:

  • New Activity Add a new activity
  • New Record Add a new record
  • Tools Utilize options like Import data, Duplicate detection, and Bulk delete wizard
  • Options Change the default display settings to personalize Microsoft Dynamics 365, and manage your email templates
    • General
    • Synchronization
    • Activities
    • Formats
    • Email Templates
    • Email Signatures
    • Email
    • Privacy
    • Languages
  • Help
  • Close

Home tab

The Home tab displays the commands listed in the following table:

home-tab

Group Command Description
Save Save (Ctrl+S) Save the form.
Save As Create a copy of this form with a different name.
Save and Close Save the form and close the form editor.
Publish Publish the form. More information: Publishing customizations
Edit Change properties Change properties of the selected item in the body.

See the following sections depending on the selected item:

- Tab Properties
- Section properties
- Common Field properties
- Special field properties
- Sub-grid properties
- Quick view control properties
Remove Remove the selected item.
Undo (Ctrl+Z) Undo the previous action.
Redo (Ctrl+Y) Redo the previous action.
Select Body Edit the main body of the form.
Header Edit the form header.
Footer Edit the form footer.
Navigation Edit the form navigation.

More information: Edit Navigation
Form Business Rules View, edit, or create new business rules with the Business Rules explorer. Note: For the interactive forms, only the “Entity” and “All Forms” scope is supported.

More information: Create and edit business rules
Form Properties More information: Form Properties
Preview Use this to see how form looks after it is published. You can also preview to test scripts associated with from events.
Enable Security Roles Use this to set which security roles will have access to the forms. More information: Control access to forms Important: If you create a new form, only the System Administrator and System Customizer security roles will have access to the form. You must assign access to other security roles before people in your organization can use it.
Show Dependencies See which solution components depend on this form and which solution components are required by this form. More information: Solution dependencies
Managed Properties Managed properties command has two properties Customizable and Can be Deleted. Setting these properties to false means the form won’t be customizable and cannot be deleted after you included it in a solution, export that solution as a managed solution, and import that managed solution into a different organization. More information: Managed properties
Upgrade Merge forms If applicable, this option lets you merge this form with a form from a previous version of Dynamics 365 form

Insert tab

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The Insert tab displays the commands in the following table:

Group Command Description
Section Add a section to a selected tab. You can include a section with one to four columns.

You can also insert a Reference panel in the interactive forms. Reference panel is also added as a section to the Main - Interactive experience form. By default the Reference panel section is added to the Case, Account, Contact and custom entity forms.

More information: Section properties
3 Tabs Three Columns Insert a three-column tab with equal widths.

More information: Tab Properties
Three Columns Insert a three-column tab with a wider middle column.
2 Tabs Two Columns Insert a two-column tab with a wider right column.
Two Columns Insert a two-column tab with a wider left column.
Two Columns Insert a two-column tab with equal width columns.
1 Tab One Column Insert a one-column tab.
Control Sub-Grid Format a sub-grid and insert it into the form.

More information: Sub-grid properties
Spacer Insert an empty space.
Quick View Form Insert a Quick View Form.

More information: Quick view control properties
Web Resource Insert a web resource to embed content from other locations in one page.

More information: Web Resource properties
IFRAME You can add IFRAME to a form to integrate content from another website within a form.
Timeline Insert a timeline control in the form. This control shows the timeline of activities related to the entity on a form.
Navigation Link Using this option, you can insert a link into a form navigation.
Timer Insert a timer control to an entity form to track time against an SLA. More information: Add a timer control
Knowledge Base Search Insert a search control that users can use to search knowledge articles. More information: Knowledge Article Search control
Relationship Assistant Using this option, you can insert a relationship assistant control in the form.

Note

The following components aren’t supported in the Main forms:
• Yammer
• Activity Feeds

Form properties

To know in detail about the form properties, see Form properties.

Visibility options

Several types of form elements have the option to be shown or hidden by default. Tabs, sections, and fields all provide this option. Using form scripts or business rules, the visibility of these elements can be controlled to create a dynamic form to provide a user interface that adapts to conditions in the form.

Note

Hiding form elements is not a recommended way to enforce security. There are several ways people can view all the elements and data in the form when elements are hidden.

Rather than designing forms that depend on scripts to control visibility of options, consider whether a business process flow, a dialog, or switching to a different form may be better suited to meet your requirements. If you do use scripts, make sure that any element that might be hidden is hidden by default. Only show it with scripts when your logic calls for it. This way it isn’t displayed in presentations that don’t support scripts.

Tab properties

To know in detail about the tab properties, see Tab properties.

Section properties

To know in detail about the section properties, see Section properties.

Timeline

The Timeline shows related activities for a specific entity.

The following types of activities are supported: Task, appointment, phone call, email, social activity, custom activity.

The Timeline also shows notes and, system and user posts. It shows those activities that have Regarding field set to the entity you’re viewing. For notes, the Regarding field isn’t shown to the user; It is implicit when created from the Timeline.

Each activity that’s shown in the Timeline, will have the same quick actions that are available on the activity’s command bar.

Common field properties

To know in detail about the common field properties, see Common field properties.

Special field properties

All fields have the properties listed in Common field properties, but certain fields have additional properties.

To know more, see Special Field Properties.

Sub-grid properties

To know in detail about the sub-grid properties, see Sub-grid properties.

Quick view control properties

To explore the Quick view control properties, see Quick view control properties.

Web resource properties

Know in detail about the Web resource properties. Go to Web resource properties.

IFRAME properties

To know more about the IFRAME properties, see IFRAME properties.

Edit Navigation

Navigation within the form allows people to view lists of related records. Each entity relationship has properties to control whether it should be shown. More information: Navigation Pane Item for Primary Entity

Any entity relationships that are configured to be displayed can be overridden within the form editor.

For step-by-step instructions, see Add form navigation for related entities.

To enable editing navigation you must first select Navigation from the Select group on the Home tab.

In the Relationship Explorer you can filter by 1:N (one-to-many) or N:N (many-to-many) relationships, or view all available relationships. The Only show unused relationships checkbox is disabled and selected. So you can only add each relationship one time.

To add a relationship from the Relationship Explorer just double-click it and it will be added below the currently selected relationship in the navigation area. Double-click a relationship in the navigation area and you can change the label on the Display tab. On the Name tab, you can see information about the relationship. Use the Edit button to open the definition of the entity.

There are five groups in the navigation area. You can drag them to reposition them and double-click them to change the label, but you can’t remove them. These groups are displayed only when there is something in them. If you don’t want a group to appear, just don’t add anything to it.

Configure event handlers

To know more about configuring event handlers, see Configure event handlers.

See Also

Create and design forms
Create and edit quick create forms
Create and edit quick view forms