Field and Button Defaults

Select Configuration>Setup>Screen Design>Field and Button Defaults to display the Field and Button Maintenance Defaults screen. Field and button default values are referenced during the initial population of the screen as long as they do not comprise or change the behavior for the field or button. For example, if the Fixed Rate YN was defaulted to Y in the Reservation screen, then the Fixed Rate check box would be selected automatically. But this is assuming that the rate code had been defaulted, which is the behavior when creating reservations through Rate Query. Otherwise, the default will be ignored and the Fixed Rate check box can't be selected as there is no default rate code for the Rate Code field.

This screen may be used to set up the default values and field names for the fields displayed as user defined fields.

Use the search criteria to locate the screen for which you wish to review or edit default field values.

Property. Select the down arrow to choose a property for which you wish to review default field values (available if the OPP MHT2 license is active).

Screen Name. Select the down arrow to choose the name of the screen for which you wish to review field defaults.

When you select the Search button, the field default information for the selected screen appears in the search results grid.

The following information is available.

Property. Property to which the screen configuration applies.

Field Description. Description of the field.

Hide. Displays a Y if the field or button has been selected to be hidden on the screen when viewed by the user.

Field Value. Default field value.

Note: In central environments, property specific field defaults can be set. When both property and generic field defaults exist for the same field, the property default overrides the generic default.

Custom. Custom default field value, if applicable.

Field Name. Database name of this field.

Action. Action, if any, that may be applied to this field (e.g., increment, decrement).

Create or Edit Field Default

To create a field default, select the New button. To edit an existing default, highlight the field default you wish to edit and select the Edit button. The Field Maintenance Details screen appears.


Provide the following information:

Property. Select the down arrow to choose the property to which the screen configuration applies. Once the field details have been saved, this field may not be edited. (Available if the OPP MHT2 license is active.)

Screen Name. Select the down arrow to choose the screen where this field appears. Once the field details have been saved, this field may not be edited.

Field Name. Select the down arrow to choose the field to be made available on the selected screen.

Hide. Select the check box to hide specific fields or buttons throughout OPERA. Should a field or button be allowed to be hidden; only the Field Name and Hide check box are displayed on the form.

Parent Data. This check box is available when the Field Name you have selected can pull its data from a field associated with another screen. When you select this check box you are prompted to identify the parent screen and the field where the data is to be found.


For example, if you are setting up a field default for the Contact Profile's Address1 field and you wish to pull default contact profile address information from the associated account profile, you could select the Parent Data check box. On the Parent Information screen you would select the Parent Name down arrow and choose the Account/Company Profile option. In the Column Name field, select the down arrow to choose the account profile field from which the Address1 information should be pulled (in this case, the field is also called Address1). Select OK to save.

Compute. Select this check box if the default value is to be computed. The Compute check box is available depending on the type of data that would be displayed in the field you selected in the Field Name field; for example, date information. Based on the field you are populating, specific options become available. For example, if you are configuring a default for a date field, the system date may be selected, along with operators to increment or decrement the system date.

Field Value. This field shows the computed field value, or allows you to select the field default from a list of valid field values, as appropriate.

Note: For Reservation, Individual/Group, Account/Company, and Contact screens, the Country default value may be specified as a question mark (?) or another "invalid" code in the Field Value field. When users create a profile or reservation they will be prompted to select a country.

Execute as Function. If this default field value executes a function, enter the name of the function here.

Custom Field Default. If a custom field default is allowed for the selected field, you may enter the value here.

Note: When field defaults are configured, they are configured for a particular screen name. If the field defaults are called from another screen name, then they will not be populated. For example, the Nationality field is set to "American" for the screen name of PROFILE (Profile screen). This means that when the PROFILE screen is called, the Nationality field will populate as "American." But if a profile is created from the RSEDIT screen (Reservation screen) when making a new reservation, the Nationality field will not be populated.

Screen Names That Can Have Field and Button Defaults




Account Profile (Company/Source/Travel Agent)


Account Search


Activity Screen


AR Statements


AR Account Search


Batch Registration Cards


Routing Screen - Transaction Code Selection


Business Block Screen


Contact Profile


Contact Profile Search


User Configuration


Fixed Charges


Folio Type


Detailed Availability


Check In Group


Print Registration Cards/Cut Keys


Group Rooming List


Block Room Assign


Group Reservation List




Out of Order/Service




End of Day Reports


Profile Search


Quick Business Block Search


Quick Business Block


Defines the default copy options for rate codes when copying from source property to target property(s). See Copy Options in Rate Codes topic for more information.


Room Assign


Room Type Configuration


Rate Query




In House Guest Search

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