DYK: Direction Of The Arrow Pointers In The Tab Order

There is a reason why the direction of the tab arrow in the tab order sometimes points to the left and sometimes point to the right?

Well, it has to do with the fact that tabbing in browse mode can land you on a field or a layout object. The pointer will point to the right for standard data entry fields. The tab pointer will go to the left for objects such as buttons. The tab pointer will go to the right for the first tab in a tab object. Finally, what if we have a field that has been defined as a button as well? It has two tabs, one for its behavior as a field and one for its behavior as a button.

Pointer to the right for text fields.

Pointer to the left for buttons.

Pointer to the right for first tab in tab order.

Tab both ways for fields defined as buttons

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