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Control-Click on the Macintosh or a right mouse click on Windows will bring up a context-sensitive menu. This feature is most useful while in layout mode. For example, when a field is defined as a button, double-clicking on it will not bring up the Specify Field dialog. To get to this dialog easily, just use a control-click or a right mouse click.



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Back and Forward
Level: Advanced
Category: Scripting
01/22/2019
I've always been intrigued with how to mimic a web browser's back and forward buttons... as have many other developers. While I don't usually include them in a professional solution, I do find the exercise of creating an airtight historical navigation solution challenging. I prefer well designed navigation ov.
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Mimicking the back and forward buttons of a web browser is no easy feat.
Maybe You Missed These
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
01/08/2019
It was almost two years ago that the Philosophy of FileMaker released it's first article. I write new articles almost every two weeks so there's a lot of information to filter at the Philosophy of FileMaker web site. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to talk about my favorite articles from the firs.
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In case you missed some of these articles from 2017.
Duplicating a Portal
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
12/11/2018
Clients are always asking me why the contents of portals do not duplicate along with a record. It makes sense. Portal data looks like it's part of the parent record so it should duplicate just like the local fields, right? After explaining how relationships work, the client still wants the related data to dup.
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Duplicating a record can be scripted to duplicated related data.
Triggers I Can't Live Without
Level: Advanced
Category: Scripting
11/28/2018
Script triggers often solve problems that otherwise couldn't be overcome. While script triggers are incredibly useful, don't abuse this feature or you may encounter script conflicts. Alternatives to script triggers are auto-enter calculations, manually run scripts and many other FileMaker features. Become fam.
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Quick Draw McGraw!
Point in Time
Level: Beginner
Category: Calculations
11/13/2018
Just about every database contains at least one date, time and timestamp field. Just think about the housekeeping fields for starters. Every table should contain a date and time when a record was created and modified to track record maintenance. I also add manually entered and scripted date fields to almost e.
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An image of a calendar and a clock.
Conditional Subsummaries
Level: Intermediate
Category: Calculations
10/30/2018
A tremendous amount of reporting power has been packed into FileMaker Pro with an incredibly easy-to-use and flexible interface. The power and simplicity behind adding and deleting parts to organize your pages almost makes it too easy to create a sophisticated printed report. However, when a subsummary group.
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Conditional headers and footers can be created using a combination of calculation and summary fields.
Calendar Conundrum
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
10/16/2018
Everyone wants a calendar in their FileMaker solution these days. There's tons of web viewer solutions out there for purchase that will integrate well with your FileMaker solution. There's even plug-ins to integrate with iCal or Google Calendar. What I'm going to give you today is a taste of how to build a ca.
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An image of a calendar.
Themes Rule
Level: Beginner
Category: Layouts
10/02/2018
Before you create any layouts, you need to decide on a theme. Choosing a theme is one of the most important decisions you will make for a project. Themes define the user experience more than any other feature in FileMaker. Buttons, backgrounds, Fields, Tab Controls, Portals, Popover Buttons, Slide Controls an.
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The themes dialog in FileMaker.
Weight Lifting
Level: Advanced
Category: Calculations
09/18/2018
This technique has no real use in the real world. Say what? Yes, you read that correctly! Think of the technique I'm about to cover as weight lifting for your FileMaker mind. It's about solving a complex problem, learning new scripts steps and functions, and generally getting smarter so the next time you tack.
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A weight lifter building muscle.
Form Letters in Browse
Level: Intermediate
Category: Calculations
09/04/2018
Empowering users of your solution to create their own form letters is life-changing. No longer do they have to contact the developer, explain their needs and go through a back-and-forth testing stage. The developer just designs a single interface that allows the user to create, save, edit and delete their own.
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The earliest form letter via the Gutenberg press.


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