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Chapter 9. Extending the Interface with Scripts

Chapter 9. Extending the Interface with Scripts

Although you're pretty comfortable with FileMaker, you may not be the only person who uses your files. Other people may not be as savvy as you are, or may be such occasional users that they never memorize the FileMaker commands. You can make it easier for others to work with your files by creating a custom interface for them.

This may seem a little daunting. After all, real interface design is pretty challenging, since it involves both graphics and programming skills. But you don't have to have strong skills in either of these areas to create a mini-interface of common tasks in FileMaker. Scripts and buttons make it easy to create navigation bars, buttons and menus to insulate others from commands—and also protect your database from well-intentioned errors. Even if everyone who uses the database is a FileMaker whiz, they'll appreciate these shortcuts. Clicking a single button is always easier than accessing one (or more) menu commands.


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