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Part III: Creating & Designing Databases > Working with Objects in Layouts - Pg. 174

174 Chapter 11. Working with Objects in Layouts Whether it's text, a field, a field name, or a graphic, FileMaker treats them all as separate objects that can be selected, moved, rearranged, and grouped. Most of these functions reside under the Arrange menu, which appears only when you're in Layout mode. These objects also can be graph- ically embellished with shading, borders, and fills via the tools in the Layout status area. For more information on using graphics with objects, see Working with Graphics on page 200. While FileMaker makes it easy to move individual objects around a layout, it also allows you to group objects and then treat them as a single object. By creating groups of groups, you can organize pieces of a layout into units that speed your work. By default, FileMaker displays objects in the order they were created, with the most recent atop (or in front of) the earlier objects. Sometimes in designing a layout, it's useful to stack objects atop each other to create a special effect, such as the appearance of a three-dimensional object. While each object remains a separate object, rearranging the stack order changes the overall appearance. To make it easier to build layouts, FileMaker comes with built-in rulers, T-Squares, and grids. For more information, see Using Layout Guides on page 178. Tip · You may find it faster when arranging and grouping objects to use FileMaker's Arrange toolbar (Figure 11.1). To turn it on, choose View > Toolbars > Arrange. Figure 11.1. Using the Arrange toolbar, which you turn on by choosing View > Toolbars > Arrange, can speed your layout work. To move an object within the same layout: 1. Switch to Layout mode ( in Windows, on the Mac), then select the object by clicking on it with your cursor. Keep pressing your cursor and drag the object to its new location in the layout. A set of dotted lines marks the object's position as you drag it (Figure 11.2).