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Two Dropdown Tips

Two Dropdown Tips

Date Written: 1/17/2019

Utilizing dropdowns on the app during your inspections is an important part of being efficient in the field. Each time you select something from a dropdown that you normally would have typed, you save time. The most important part of making the most of them is making sure you have the right information in them. This means you should add in comments you need, remove ones you don’t and put them in the order that makes the most sense for you. Just doing this will make a difference in your inspection time.

With the big picture out of the way, let's take a look at two tips related to dropdowns that may be new to you.

  • Abbreviations - With longer narratives, you are not able to see the entire comment when you are looking to add it into your report. This can be troublesome if you have several longer narratives that all start out the same way. To help with this, you can add abbreviations to the front of the items in your dropdown list to serve as a quick way for you to know which note is which. These abbreviations help you pick the right note, and if you select a note that has an abbreviation, the abbreviation is not added to the report. To add an abbreviation to a note, you need to add a set of brackets [ ] with the abbreviation text in-between them at the front of the note. For example, lets add the abbreviation [Recommend Contractor] to the note Damaged or deteriorated, recommend estimate for repair or replacement by a licensed contractor. To do this, we would modify the note to be displayed as: [Recommend Contractor]Damaged or deteriorated, recommend estimate for repair or replacement by a licensed contractor.
  • Sideways Scrolling - On the 'Edit Line' screen you pull up a dropdown for a Note or Description by tapping on the dropdown arrow. Once the list is up, you can swipe your finger to the left/right within the dropdown box to read the entire note before you select it. This can be helpful when you have longer comments and you want to review the whole comment before adding it in.