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Chapter 3. FileMaker Basics > FileMaker's Screen and Modes

FileMaker's Screen and Modes

When using FileMaker, you will always be working in one of four views or what it calls modes: Browse, Find, Layout, or Preview. Reached using the View menu, each mode is used for a different set of tasks. For that reason, FileMaker's screen, menus, and their related options change from mode to mode.

The FileMaker screen

Certain features of the FileMaker screen (Figure 3.1) remain constant: the flipbook icon at the upper left, the status area along the left side (unless you elect to hide it), the Zoom-in and Zoom-out icons, and the pop-up bar at the bottom of the screen, which lets you quickly choose your mode. As you switch from one view or mode to another, however, the left-hand status area displays a different set of tools and icons (Figure 3.2). The main record area also will change from mode to mode. For example, in Layout mode, the names of fields appear instead of the data itself.


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