I have a problem with manual editing of formats. I would like to set a field to auto-uppercase without using the form designer. This should be as simple as changing the field property in the format record from "CaseConversion=2" to "CaseConversion=1".
But it does not work.
I save the record, and if I open the format details again, "CaseConversion=1" is there but the form designer still shows lowercase. If I go to design mode and save again it will set back to "CaseConversion=2"....
But if set it to upper case in the form designer (so not in format details) then it works fine and "CaseConversion=1" can be seen in the details.
It seems like the formats are cached somehow and the designer updates this cache but the format details update does not...
If I go into the Format Detail section, and add '<tab>Case Conversion=2<tab>' on a field (like category, subcategory, etc), it displays correctly for me when I view the form.
But, here's my guess as to what's happening for you.
1 - are you remembering to tab both before and after the Case Conversion=x statement you're pasting?
2 - when you search for a form in Form Designer, it grabs the form and puts it in a cache. Before you enter design mode, if you select Format Detail, it takes you to that record in the format table. When you finish in Format Detail, it doesn't change the form that got loaded into the cache. So the record you're looking at in the normal form designer is the copy of the record the system grabbed prior to your Format Detail modifications.
Personally, unless you're changing every field, though, I think it would be faster and easier to just modify the record in form designer, rather than fighting the system.