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

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Chapter 6. Advanced Layouts and Reports

Believe it or not, Layout mode has even more tricks up its sleeve. In the last couple of chapters, you've learned how to use the basic layout tools to position fields, create text labels, add graphics, and more. You've experienced stress-free layout creation with the layout assistant and seen reports in action. You even know how to design full-fledged layouts from the ground up.

Now, you're ready to learn the more advanced layout concepts: controlling how fields look and act, and adding buttons to perform customized tasks. You'll also learn how text and field object formats can change based on the data in your fields. Next, you'll see how you can add real live Web page content directly to your FileMaker layout. Finally, you'll find out how to develop massively powerful reports by using summary and sub-summary parts to add groups, subtotals, and grand totals.

Value Lists

You flirted a bit with the Field/Control Setup dialog box in Chapter 4, when turning the Goodness Rating field into a pop-up menu (see Other field type formats). Field controls can be more than pop-up menus, though. The six main field styles are Edit Box, Dropdown List, Pop-up Menu, Checkbox Set, Radio Button Set, and Drop-down Calendar.

Each style (except Edit Box and Drop-down Calendar) lets you associate a value list with the field. Value lists give you more efficient access to a few frequently used terms, numbers, dates, or times. Using a field control, you can then easily ...

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