Thanks @Lynn! I should have known about this but, alas, “Expand all views” has been off.
I was able to replicate the problem. I start with all fo the views “unexpanded” (“compacted” or whatever), then use the new search function in “Data” which automatically expands everything – not only in Data but elsewhere too. My hunch is that “Expand all views” is being turned on in the background (even though the setting in “Manage” doesn’t change), leading to the temporary problem of views being expanded. Here’s how things work:
- Check to see that “Expand all views” is off:
- Confirm that the Tables view in Data is nice and compact:
- Type a search word in Columns:
- Now, see how other views in the app have been expanded, even though they are unrelated to the search:
I now know that I can put everything back to normal if I find the search term I forgot to delete. It’s a bit confusing, though, because when a search word is left in one part of the editor it expands EVERYTHING in all other expandable parts of the editor. So, you need to remember where you were searching or, ironically, search for your search.
This is another example of why I would like AppSheet to announce new functionality that is in beta. If we had a little announcement (“We made this. It’s suppose to do such and such. If it doesn’t work we might get rid of it. Tell us what you think.”), then we would have a place to give AppSheet feedback. Without such an official announcement of new features, discussion about them may tend to get distributed rather haphazardly throughout the community.