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Arrange the Fields

Now it’s time to move the fields and their labels into the proper positions.

Select the four fields and matching labels on the right side of the layout, and -drag them to the right edge. (They won’t remain there, but we’ll need to get them out of the way to give us room to work.)

Select the same four field’s labels (as shown here) by -clicking them. Press five times to move the labels closer to their fields.

-drag the five fields on the left side of the layout slightly to the right, away from their field labels.

After you edited the five field’s labels, their right edges were no longer aligned with one another. Select these five field labels and choose Arrange > Set Alignment. In the Set Alignment dialog box, choose None and Align right edges. Then click OK.

The Mileage Constants block (top left) will hold three fields: Mileage Rate, Year, and Mileage Increment. Arrange these fields and labels in a single column. Move the labels so they’re closer to their fields, as was done for the previous fields.

If you increase the zoom level, you’ll find it easier to create the same spacing between fields, as well as center them vertically within the block. Use the arrow keys to nudge them into position, if necessary.

The remaining fields should be arranged in the Annual Mileage block as shown below. (In both columns of three, the right edges of the labels are aligned and the top of each field is aligned with the top of the field in the other column. Use the Size palette to check positions.)

At present, there’s space between the Body tab and the bottom bar. Eliminate the space by dragging the Body tab up to the bottom edge of the lower bar (as shwn above).

To finalize the layout, choose View > Browse Mode. When prompted to save your changes, click Save. (This dialog box is a new feature in FileMaker Pro 7. If you have an earlier version, the Save changes dialog box won’t appear. Instead, all layout changes are saved automatically.)

As is the case with the Data Entry layout, the Global Settings layout isn’t completely finished. In Chapter 8, we’ll add a button that—when clicked—takes you to the Data Entry layout.

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