O'Reilly logo

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

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Creating a Layout from Scratch

FileMaker's built-in layout types are nice for quick-and-dirty work, but if you want your database to look great and work exactly the way you say, you may need to do some heavy customization. In fact, you'll often find it easier to start with a blank layout and add exactly what you need than to try to slice'n'dice a standard form into the avant-garde arrangement you have in mind.

Adding a New Layout

However they may end up, all new layouts start the same way. Open a database, switch to Layout mode, and choose Layout →New Layout/Report. You see the window shown in Figure 5-4—the New Layout/Report dialog box.

The New Layout/Report dialog box (Layout → New Layout/Report) is the starting point for layout creation. Most importantly, you get to decide what type of layout you want. If you pick any type other than Blank layout, FileMaker does some of the initial busywork for you. For help, click the Question Mark icon at bottom-left.

Figure 5-4. The New Layout/Report dialog box (Layout → New Layout/Report) is the starting point for layout creation. Most importantly, you get to decide what type of layout you want. If you pick any type other than Blank layout, FileMaker does some of the initial busywork for you. For help, click the Question Mark icon at bottom-left.

Note

As its name suggests, you'll see this dialog box again when you learn how to create reports, on Creating a Report Layout with an Assistant.

In this box, you tell FileMaker a few basic facts about the new layout you have in mind. (You can always tweak these settings later.) From top to bottom, here's how it works:

  • Show records from. For now, you can just ignore this pop-up menu. (It lets you choose a table, but you have ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required