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Context Sensitive Menus
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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Claris Commercial
Few people know that Claris produced a commercial and it aired on national television. It was one of those favor things so it only played once. I'm not saying it's anywhere close to the impact of the Apple Super Bowl commercial but it's fun to have a look. Download the Claris commercial



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Restoring Find Criteria
Level: Advanced
Category: Scripting
09/03/2019
Let me start by saying, this is the most complex technique in the series of five articles covering the restoration of found sets. The sequence started with an explanation of why it's important to save found sets, followed by simple solutions like creating new windows and collecting serial numbers. I even cove...
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Restoring search or find criteria is the hardest technique in this 5 part article series.
Snapshot Saves
Level: Intermediate
Category: Scripting
08/13/2019
According to the FileMaker online help, the Snapshot Link feature saves a found set of records. But, it saves so much more including the current record, layout, sort order and the mode. The basic idea is to save a Snapshot Link and send it to a colleague via email so they can see what you are viewing. So much...
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The Snapshot Link feature in FileMaker is designed to share found sets with colleagues.
One-Trick Pony
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
07/23/2019
Don't be a one-trick pony and apply the same FileMaker feature to solve every problem. That's like wearing a tool belt and only putting one tool on it. FileMaker has many options, each with it's own unique advantages and disadvantages. Over-relying on a single tool will result in a subpar solution. Try to lea...
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A "One-Trick Pony" is defined as a person or thing with only one special feature, talent or area of expertise.
Forum Etiquette
Level: Beginner
Category: General
07/02/2019
Forums are a great way to get technical advice for FileMaker but for some reason, many people don't think they have to be nice in the electronic world. I was raised to say "please" and "thank you" and that has translated over to the internet for me. But, other folks think the anonymity of cyberspace is an exc...
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Forum etiquette
Best of FileMaker Eighteen
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
06/11/2019
It took a while to scour the internet but I finally came up with my favorite videos and articles. I personally read each of these blog articles and watched every one of these videos. I've focused on choosing resources that use specific examples, rather than vague general discussions. I wanted to show off auth...
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The new FileMaker 18 sports new features like a revamped import dialog, data file script steps, the While function and much more!
FileMaker Eighteen
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
05/22/2019
Eighteen is the age you become an adult in the United States. In China, it's an auspicious number associated with success. In Hebrew, the word of life has a value of eighteen. It's also a composite number in mathematics, totaling the addition of it's divisors. But, most importantly, it's the latest release fr...
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This article will focus on FileMaker Pro Advanced 18 new features!
Set Field Skills
Level: Beginner
Category: Scripting
04/30/2019
The Set Field script step is one of the most widely used steps in FileMaker due to it's versatility at moving data around a solution. You can simply transfer data from one field to another or even construct a complicated calculation and then target a field with the result. But that's just skimming the surface...
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The Set Field script step is one of the most versatile script steps available!
Custom Menu Creativity
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
04/09/2019
Back in college, when I was working in the computer lab on campus, it was a requirement to know Microsoft Word backwards and forwards. That's because half the students in there were creating resumes. The biggest issue was using spaces to line up columns so I spent a lot of time fixing resumes, for which I got...
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Custom menus to the rescue!
Google Calendar
Level: Advanced
Category: Plug-Ins
03/19/2019
As integrators and developers, we have had many requests to integrate a client’s FileMaker solution with Google Calendar. The partnership of a customized database with the flexibility and easy accessibility of an online calendar system is ideal; events can be composed in the CRM of one’s choice, and pushed to...
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Integrating Google apps with FileMaker and the gManipulator plug-in.
Noteworthy
Level: Intermediate
Category: General
02/19/2019
Ahhh... the ubiquitous notes field. Seems simple, right? In a way it is. Just slap down a field and resize it to show more data. Add a scroll bar and you're done. The problems occur when you are trying to locate an important note, print a report or perform a find. Data can be strewn all about a text field tha...
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Adding notes to a record is one of the most client requested features I get!


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