Hints and Techniques


This section is designed to help you fully utilize ZIP Express. The Tutorial section will also walk you through a few examples of automating lookups or data entry.

 

When auto pasting ZIP Code information to my programs, I see ZIP Express temporarily flash on the screen.

This occurs when you use the option of requesting ZIP Express to prompt for a ZIP Code. To prevent ZIP Express from briefly appearing, you can choose to place ZIP Express in the Notification Area as one of your preferences.

 

How can I paste information directly into my word processor, or any program?

You will need to set up a hot key. The hot key specifies what keys you will press to invoke ZIP Express, the information that should be returned to your word processor and how ZIP Express is to obtain the original ZIP Code to look up. In the Modify HotKey window, you will need to select the ZIP Code Source as "Key It In" and the ZIP Code Output as "Into Calling Program". The result: when you press the hot key while in your word processor, a small ZIP Code input box will appear on the screen. Type in the ZIP Code you want to look up and immediately the resulting information will be typed right into your word processor where the cursor resides in your word processor. If the ZIP Code is invalid, a message will appear indicating so and nothing will be placed into your word processor.

 

The ZIP Code is already present in my program. Can I have information pasted into my program without having to re-enter the ZIP Code?

If the ZIP Code resides in an edit box (such as a field in a database or a single entry in an address management package) then the answer is Yes; otherwise, it will not work and you will need to use an option similar to that above. To make it work, you will need to set up a hot key. The hot key specifies what keys you will press to invoke ZIP Express, the information that should be returned to your program and how ZIP Express is to obtain the original ZIP Code to look up. In the Modify HotKey window, you will need to select the ZIP Code Source as "From Calling Program" and the ZIP Code Output as "Into Calling Program". The result: Place the cursor on the edit box containing the ZIP Code in your program. When you press the hot key, the edit box will be scanned for a valid ZIP Code. If found, the resulting information will be typed right into your program. If the ZIP Code is invalid, a message will appear indicating so and nothing will be typed into your program.

 

Note: When using the From Calling Program option, ZIP Express uses something called a Windows Control. The Windows Control must be defined in the program you are using. ZIP Express has no control over this. Not all programs define a Windows Control for the specific field where the ZIP Code is stored. For these programs, even though a valid ZIP Code is entered and highlighted, the "From Calling Program" option will not work. In these cases you will need to use one of the other ZIP Code Source options.

 

The ZIP Code is already present in my program. How can I verify that the information regarding it is correct?

If the ZIP Code resides in an edit box (such as a field in a database or a single entry in an address management package) then you can have ZIP Express look up the ZIP Code without retyping it. Otherwise, you will need to run ZIP Express and key in the ZIP Code for a look up. To make it work with the edit box, you will need to set up a hot key. The hot key specifies what keys you will press to invoke ZIP Express and how ZIP Express is to obtain the original ZIP Code to look up. In the Modify HotKey window, you will need to select the ZIP Code Source as "From Calling Program" and the ZIP Code Output as "Display Only". The result: Place the cursor on the edit box containing the ZIP Code in your program. When you press the hot key, the edit box will be scanned for a valid ZIP Code. If found, the ZIP Code will be looked up and the resulting information will be displayed in ZIP Express.

 

Note: When using the From Calling Program option, ZIP Express uses something called a Windows Control. The Windows Control must be defined in the program you are using. ZIP Express has no control over this. Not all programs define a Windows Control for the specific field where the ZIP Code is stored. For these programs, even though a valid ZIP Code is entered and highlighted, the "From Calling Program" option will not work.  In these cases you will need to use one of the other ZIP Code Source options.