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Sorting Records

FileMaker stores records in the order they were created but that's no reason for you to work with them in that somewhat random order. Using the Sort command, you can rearrange the order for browsing, printing, or updating. FileMaker uses the found set concept discussed on page 50 to search through select fields and then arrange the records as you desire.

FileMaker offers three basic ways of arranging the records: ascending order, descending order, and a custom order based on a list you create. If, like me, you can hardly keep right and left straight, let alone what's ascending and descending, How FileMaker Sorts What (Table 5.2) should help.


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