Guide for using Spinner in your applications


This guide will show how to use a Spinner in your applications. A spinner can be used to select a value from a predefined set of values, which are usually presented in a valuelist. See how easy it is to drag and drop spinners onto your forms and connect them to your business logic. Spinner can be modified, styled and even changed at runtime.

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In the Form Editor, drag the Spinner component from the Pallet onto the form.

If the component does not appear in the pallet, it means you do not have the Servot Extra Components package installed. Click "Get more components" at the top of the pallet to open the Servoy Package Manager and install it.

Modifying a Spinner at Design-Time

Spinners, like all components, have properties which can be modified at design-time to set the appearance and behavior of the component. Select the spinner in the Form Editor to see a list of properties in the Component Properties Editor. Below are some common properties and how to set them at design-time.

See the reference docs for Spinner for a complete list of its properties.

Selecting the Valuelist associated with the Spinner

The possible values of the spinner are the ones in the valuelist that is related to the component To select the valuelist just enter the name of the desired valuelist on the valuelist property of the spinner. More information about valuelists can be found here.

Setting the Tooltip message

Spinner, like many components, can display tooltip messages when a user hovers their cursor. Most often, this will just be plain text that describes what will happen on-click. In this case, just enter the value into the editor. For more options open the Text Property Editor.

Remember that text can also be dynamic, data-driven or localized. For more options, you can open edit the text property in the Text Property Editor.


Like all components, a spinner can be styled using themes, variants and raw CSS. To apply any available style class, simply enter one or more space-delimited values for the styleClass property.

Handling Events

Like most components, spinners have events, which allow you to execute some logic when something happens in the UI. Of course, the most common event for a spinners is the onDataChange event, which is triggered when the value is changed.

To Handle the event, double-click the value for the onDataChange property in the Properties Editor. You will see the Method Selection Wizard. You'll have the option select an existing Method or create a new Method. The method will be called when the button's onDataChange event is fired and the Event object will be passed to it.

 * Handle changed data, return false if the value should not be accepted.
 * JSEvent.data will contain extra information about dataproviderid, its scope and the scope id (record datasource or form/global variable scope)
 * @param oldValue
 * @param newValue
 * @param {JSEvent} event
 * @return {Boolean}
 * @private
 * @properties={typeid:24,uuid:"4A599FE8-D13D-4E4E-88AE-9B40DF8434F5"}
function onDataChange(oldValue, newValue, event) {
	// Enter custom code
	return true

See the Spinner reference for comprehensive list of all events

Modifying a Spinner at Runtime

Spinner, like many components, can be modified at runtime through code. Below are a few examples of controlling a spinner from code.

Enabling / Disabling a Spinner

You can easily change the enabled state of a spinner at runtime.

function disableSpinner(){
	elements.mySpinner.enabled = false;

Hiding/Showing a Spinner

You can easily change the visible state of a spinner at runtime.

function hideSpinner(){
	elements.mySpinner.visible = false;

Calling Spinner API Methods

Like most components, a spinner has API methods which can be called from code. Below is an example of common API calls.

Give Keyboard Focus

You can easily give keyboard focus to a spinner using the requestFocus method.

function focusSpinner(){

Add CSS Style Class

You can easily add a style class to a spinner using the addStyleClass method.

function AddStyleClassSpinner(){

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