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Chapter 8. Adding Buttons, Scripts, and Value Lists

Chapter 8. Adding Buttons, Scripts, and Value Lists

Automation in FileMaker Pro is accomplished via scripts. Scripts are created in a part of FileMaker called ScriptMaker and consist of steps (instructions) that FileMaker executes in sequence. A script can perform a one-step operation, such as switching to a particular layout, or it can contain a complex series of steps, such as selecting a subset of records, sorting them, switching to a report layout, displaying and printing the resulting report, re-sorting the records to their original order, and then returning to the original layout.

There are several ways you can execute a script. First, any script can be listed in the Scripts menu, where it can be chosen in the same way that you choose other menu commands. The first ten listed scripts are assigned a (Mac) or (PC) keyboard shortcut numbered from 1 through 0. Second, you can attach a script to a graphic button on any layout. Clicking the button executes its script.


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