I am working on a financial software which has a lot of data to be entered into database.
I have managed to design user interface for entering data on my own, and my employers are satisfied.
However, due to big space window will take up on the screen I have decided to add just a few more controls to enable loading/filtering data from database, or deleting currently loaded record. That way all the work would be done in one window.
My problem is in figuring out how to design switching from new entry to loading and editing existing one and vice-versa. That is why I seek help here. Below is an image that describes my problem:
I need to add
combobox that will show the list of existing records in the database, and a button for filtering that data ( special dialog box will pop when this button is pressed to take care of creating actual search parameters ).
Also, I need to solve the problem of "mechanics" -> how will user switch between adding new record and loading existing one for modification.
MY EFFORTS TO SOLVE THIS:
I have added 3 buttons at the bottom right that use UNICODE characters for save, delete and open. I would like to add UNICODE search button as well. There should be
combobbox as well. It would look something like this:
Please keep in mind that I have submitted only suggestions for the layout.
How can I add controls in such a way that I can use the form for both inserting new items into database and loading existing ones for editing?
The only restriction you have is that usable space is the one at the bottom right corner of the window ( circled in red ) or you can use toolbar. I can also expand window's width if that will help
If I could ditch the toolbar, and achieve layout similar to above, I would "bust a move"!