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FileMaker Pro 9: The Missing Manual by Susan Prosser, Geoff Coffey

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Appendix A. Getting Help

This book provides a solid foundation in FileMaker and takes you well into power user territory, but it doesn't cover everything there is to know about this vastly versatile program. (You wouldn't be able to lift it if it did.) This appendix is a guide to the many resources available to help you plumb the depths of FileMaker database design and development.

Getting Help from FileMaker Itself

The installation CDs for FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced include online help files, electronic documentation, templates, and example files. The installer program always installs online help, but the others are optional. When you choose the Easy Install option in the Install panel of the installation wizard, you get everything installed. Choose Custom Install instead to pick and choose which of the optional files you want installed. And if FileMaker's already installed on your computer, but the helpers listed below are missing, you can perform a Custom Install and choose the helper files you need without having to uninstall and reinstall FileMaker itself.

On Windows you can find these helpers at Program Files → FileMaker → FileMaker Pro 9 → English Extras. And on the Mac, look in Applications → FileMaker Pro → English Extras.

The Learning Center

Your next best stop for FileMaker assistance is the FileMaker Learning Center. Just choose Help → Learning Center. In a new window, FileMaker takes you to a special Web site covering many FileMaker topics. Unlike an ordinary ...

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