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About Status Functions

Status functions are a special group of formulas that capture what's going on while you're working. They can peek at FileMaker's current settings and preferences, such as what mode it's in, what file is currently open or what layout is active. Status functions can also check out information about your computer, like what version of the OS you're running, what user is currently logged in or what the computer sees as the current date.

Being able to extract this type of data may initially seem pointless—or too advanced. Not so. For example, imagine that you wanted to write a script that would set different preferences or allow different levels of access to data depending on who is using the computer. Or you want to insert the current date into an invoice or statement layout. Only a status function can pry this information out of the computer and make it available to the script.


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