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Chapter 18. Publishing on the Web > Sharing and Viewing Web Files

Sharing and Viewing Web Files

Once you've configured the Web Companion, you need to designate which files will be shared over the Web. This must be done separately for every file you want to share. FileMaker also requires that you specify how you want each shared file to be viewed. Before you start using the Web Companion to configure each file's Web views, however, be sure to create a Web-only layout for those same files. That will speed up the display of your files over the Web—and ensure that visitors don't have to wade through irrelevant fields.

To share a file over the Web:

1.
Open the FileMaker file you want to share: in Windows, on the Mac.

2.
Choose File > Sharing (Figure 18.14).

Figure 18.14. To share a file over the Web, open it and choose File > Sharing.


3.
When the File Sharing dialog box appears, ignore the FileMaker Networking Sharing panel. Instead, look within the lower Companion Sharing panel and check Web Companion (Figure 18.15).

Figure 18.15. When the File Sharing dialog box appears, check Web Companion in the lower Companion Sharing panel.


4.
If you want to go ahead and set how the file will look over the Web, see step 2 in To set up the browser views on page 280. Otherwise, click OK. Once you also configure Web Companion, the file will be shared over the Web. Repeat the steps for every file you want to share.


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