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Copying Layouts

You'll frequently want to duplicate an existing layout. If the layouts are in the same database, this is quite simple, but it may well be that the layout you want to duplicate is in another database. For example, you might have created an invoice layout for one client, and now you're building a database for a completely different company that has also asked for an invoice form. FileMaker does not have the capability to import layouts. But by using Copy and Paste, you can recreate most of a layout in another database.

To recreate a layout in another database:

1.
In the database that will contain the layout, create a new layout, but don't add any fields.

2.
Set up the blank layout so that it contains the same layout parts (Header, Body, Footer, etc.) as the layout to be copied (Figure 3.58) and, using the rulers, make sure it has the same vertical size as the original layout.

Figure 3.58. Set the layout parts to match the layout you are copying from.


3.
Switch to Layout mode (Ctrl+L/Command-L) and open the database containing the original layout.

4.
Choose Edit > Select All (Ctrl+A/Command-A).

5.
Choose Edit > Copy (Ctrl+C/Command-C) and switch back to the new database.

6.
Make sure that you are still in Layout Mode and choose Edit > Paste (Ctrl+V/Command-V). All fields and text from the original layout will appear.

The pasted items (fields and text) will still be selected, so you can click and drag everything to line them up in the new layout.


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