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Beautifying File Browse Inputs

Are you tired of seeing this?

The look and feel behind these <input> comes from the browser itself, so there ain't much you can do...

...or is there?

Let's try and work with them a little bit...

* Example above shows 3 file inputs on the same line.


HTML and CSS

So you'll want to create a new Item Template for this. The final code would look like this:

<div class="custom-input-file"> 
    <label class="a-Button" for="P1600_CUSTOM_FILE_INPUT"> 
       <i class="fa fa-paperclip fa-2x"></i> 
    </label> 
    <input type="file" id="P1600_CUSTOM_FILE_INPUT">
</div>
.custom-input-file input[type="file"] {
    border: 0;
    clip: rect(0 0 0 0);
    height: 1px;
    margin: -1px;
    overflow: hidden;
    padding: 0;
    position: absolute;
    width: 1px;
}

No Javascript :)

Step by step with APEX:

  1. Add the above CSS somewhere on your page (or ideally in the template or an external CSS file)

  2. Copy an Item Template from Universal Theme

  3. Change Before Item section:

     <div class="t-Form-inputContainer col col-#ITEM_COLUMN_SPAN_NUMBER# custom-input-file">
     <label class="a-Button" for="#CURRENT_ITEM_NAME#">
     <i class="fa #CURRENT_ITEM_HELP_TEXT#"></i>
     </label>
    
  4. Change After Item section:

     #ERROR_TEMPLATE#</div>
    
  5. Go to your actual item in Page Designer

  6. Add the icon of your choice in the Help Text section. (Example fa-paperclip)

    • I added fa-2x to make the icon bigger
    • We are using the help text to substitute the icon, so we won't be able to use the "real" help text anymore, but who cares on a <input type="file">?
    • From what I've seen, APEX 5.1 will introduce a way to add icons to fields, so we might not need this hack in the future.

Explanation

In case you're wondering what it does:

  • First, it hides the ugly <input> with the 8 lines of CSS
    • The code was taken directly from APEX core.min.css
  • Then, we are adding the a-Button class to the <label> element so it looks and feels like a button
    • You could add additional classes such as a-Button--hot to change the color
  • When clicking on the <label>, it mimics clicking on the input itself, because of the for attribute here: <label for="#CURRENT_ITEM_NAME#"

Let me know if it works for you!