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Associated items

By using the Associated items widget, you can link apps from different workspaces in such a manner that the items of one app are displayed on the page of another app. For example, in the CRM workspace, a company’s page can show all orders the client made, so that you can easily open each one.

Configure the widget

The Associated items widget can be set in any app.

For example, let’s link the custom Orders app with the Companies app so that a customer page displays all their orders. You can configure this in several steps. 

Step 1. Add the Company field to the custom Orders app

Switch to the Advanced Mode in the Form Settings of the Orders app. Add a new App type field. Select the Companies app.


Make sure that you check the Search and Sort box next to this field. Otherwise, you will not be able to link the apps.


Step 2. Add a new tab to the company page

Open the view form of the Companies app for editing. Please note that the Advanced Mode is the default editing mode for this form.

In the builder, add a new tab by dragging it from the side panel or by clicking on the + icon next to an existing tab. Lets name the tab Orders.


The Events and System tabs are for system settings that are the same for all the widgets. They allow you to configure a widget’s visibility and access to its data, define what happens, when the user moves or hovers the pointer over the widget, etc. Read more about it in System widget settings.

Step 3. Add and configure the widget

Drag the Associated items widget to the new tab.


Set the widget settings in the opened window.


Fill in the fileds:

  • Associated app. Select the app whose items will be displayed on the configured form. For example, specify the Orders app to display all the orders associated with the company on its page.    
  • Associated field. Select an App type field from the associated app. For example, specify the Company field added to the Orders app created at Step 1.
  • Displayed fields. Specify which fields of the associated app will be displayed on the configured form. To add a field, click the + icon.
  • Filter fields. Select the properties of the associated app that will be used to filter items. Users will be able to select values of these fields above the list of linked items. To add a property, click the + icon.
  • Show the refresh button. Enable this option to display a button above the list of app items that will be used to refresh the data.

Save the settings. To finish the configuration, click Save and Publish on the top panel of the interface designer.

Widget in the interface

After all the settings in our example, an additional Orders tab will appear on the company pages. This tab will display all items of the Orders app that have been associated with a particular company

Also, if bulk actions are enabled for the Orders app, you will be able to edit and delete the associated orders items, as well as change their statuses directly on a company page.


You can change the width of any column in the table. To do this, place the cursor over its header and drag the appeared column border to the desired width. The customized width will be saved for all items and forms of the app.

In the editing mode, you can delete the tabs you don’t want and move them around, and also arrange related items not in an additional tab, but directly on the page.

Please note, that if you delete an order associated to a certain company, it will also be deleted from the company page.

Associated items for working with customers

Let’s take a look at how the Associated items widget is used in the CRM workspace. There are two apps for storing information about customers here: Companies and Contacts. They can be part of ready-made solutions from the ELMA365 Store, in the components of which it is necessary to specify a client or a contact person. In this case, when importing the solution, the Companies and Contacts apps will be updated.


Let’s say there is a solution for Contract Management that is associated with the Companies app.

When creating a new revenue contract, you will need to specify a counterparty. Select it from the list of all counterparties stored in the Company app. If it is a new counterparty, you can add it to the database directly from the contract page.

The Companies app view form configured in the solution contains additional tabs. For example, on the Contracts tab, you can see associated items, contracts in which this company is listed as a counterparty.

When you install the solution, some settings are locked for the apps that are included in the solution. Thus, to change the settings of the app forms, you must first unlock the solution.

Since Company and Contacts are system apps, you can export their associated apps without restrictions.

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