Tuesday 27 September 2016

Positioning items next to each other

In the Universal Theme in Apex 5 it seems easy to position items next to each other. Just set Start new row to N and the item stays in the same row. However these items are usually very far apart:

You are limited by the columns in the responsive layout.

It is possible to position the items much closer and have much control over their position. For this you need to call JavaScript function with the names of the two columns as parameter:


You can download the JavaScript code here.

You can place the JavaScript code in the Javascript > Function and Global Variable Declaration.
Then the function position_after can be called in the Execute when Page Loads section, for each item you want to position.

The JavaScript removes the col-x classes from the input container of the first item and the label and input container of the second item. This class determines the fixed width of the container. Without this class the container’s width is determined by the content, so it fits tightly around the input or the label.
After removing the classes the JavaScript positions the label and input containers of the second item behind the input container of the first item.

The result of applying this function looks much better:

You can decrease the width of the items and they still stay together.

And there is control over the spacing applying left and right margins no the second label container.

#P3000_TO_LABEL {
   margin-left: 20px;
   margin-right: 20px;

In the result you see a larger spacing around the label:

The downside of this approach is that the responsive behavior is not optimal. Developing just for desktop this is no problem.
But if you really want a perfect responsiveness on all screen sizes you should stick to the column model of UT.

Happy Apexing


  1. Hello,

    I was trying to implement this thing.
    But I have one query.
    Where do you call this position_after function.


  2. Hi Nikita,

    I have updated the post with a description of where to place the downloaded code and the calling of the JS function.
    Hope this helps.

    Best wishes,

  3. HI, I am trying to apply that but the second item after the code is going to a new line,
    and I think it is missing the ' in the sintax : position_after('P3000_FROM,'P3000_TO');

    can you help me? I need to put all itens in the line next to each other.

  4. Hi Marcel,

    You are right about the syntax error. The single quote is missing after P3000_FROM.
    I have corrected that in the blogpost.


  5. This works great as advertised - and thanks for posting this. I have an app I am trying to modify that has three columns - and cannot get it to work. I created a similar function with the third item. Any idea why this will not work?

    input1 = remove_col_x_class( get_container_div(itemName1,'input') );
    label2 = remove_col_x_class( get_container_div(itemName2,'label') );
    input2 = remove_col_x_class( get_container_div(itemName2,'input') );
    label3 = remove_col_x_class( get_container_div(itemName3,'label') );
    input3 = remove_col_x_class( get_container_div(itemName3,'input') );
    $(label2).insertAfter( $(input1) );
    $(input2).insertAfter( $(label2) );
    $(label3).insertAfter( $(input2) );
    $(input3).insertAfter( $(label3) );

  6. I wanna implementation this code. but here is it no complete code. so how can i apply this code? so may i help by you dear Dick Dral....

  7. It Works!! I used the function on APEX 20 based application. Many Thanks.