Adding icons to your comment key

Had enough people ask me how I added icons into the comment key at the beginning of the report when using summaries as your recommended action instead of the checkboxes.

First you have to have all you icons that you want to use and put them in your HomeGauge HTML5 folder.

It’s best that you size all the icons the same dimensions so that it makes things go a lot smoother.

You are going to have to do a little HTML coding in your comment key that auto loads on report startup.

Find the line that you want to add an icon to and edit the HTML to look something like this.

<p><img src="hammer.jpg" width="30" height="30" border="0" alt="graphic"/><strong> </strong><strong><u>REPAIR or REPLACE (RR)</u></strong> = The item, component or unit is not functioning as intended, or needs 
further inspection by a qualified contractor. Items, components, or units that can be repaired to 
satisfactory condition may not need replacement.</p>

Notice, I sized the icon using HTML coding, but if they are not square shaped icons, it can make them display weird. If you are unfamiliar with HTML coding, there are plenty of resources online to help you understand what all the variable mean.

Simple as that. The icon files must be in the HTML5 folder for this to work unless you provide the full path to the image you want to use. I’ve always done it this way and it is worked for me. If you experiment by pulling images from another folder, I can’t guarantee it will work for you.

There is actually one more step. If you want the icon to show up by the item description in the report then you’ll need to create a summary for each icon and tag the icon to that summary. Click on the summary button on the bottom left of the template and then edit summary and then the + T button to add a summary. You’ll see a use Icon check box this will allow you to select the icon and associate it with that summary. This will only work if you have a comment for the item. I’ve not figured out how to add an icon without a comment for example if an item is inspected or not present then no comment is needed so no icon. It would be nice to have an icon like a check for inspected or an x for not present.

The explanation I gave was simply for adding in icons to the comment key, not the report. Don’t confuse the two. There are a lot more steps that need to be done if you want the icons to show up next to each comment you make which is another topic all together. I may make a video how to do it soon. It involves doing away with the built in check boxes in the column headers all together and creating separate summaries.

It’s actually super easy to add an icon by the comment in the report and in the summary when it is a summary item. For this area, you would simply select the Summary bar on the left pane of your HG Software and select the edit summary tab then select EDIT T and click in the box and browse for your summary icon.

Scott is describing a different way to have icons in areas I didn’t describe above.

My question is, can icons be added without having to create a summary for the item. I personally would like icon options, but don’t want everything to show up in the report.

OK…I said I was going to make a video how to do this. It was something quick I threw together for a quick explanation. Far from professional quality, but I hope it gets the point across that this isn’t all that hard to do. It makes your report stand out from everyone else and it is super easy to read when the customer and agents are looking for only the major issues.

Here is the quick tutorial I made.

The video is great, but part of the screen is not visible.

I’m assuming you want to use comments for inspector notes or something like that and don’t want the end user to see them. There is a way to possibly do that, but you would have to use the summary as the report you issue to the client and keep the actual report for inhouse use. You would have to create two separate summary print options with different settings. One that includes all your comments that you want the client to see including pictures. Another one that only has the severity issues you normally put in your general summary. The report stays inhouse if you want to have notes or pictures in there that you don’t want anyone else to see.