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Part: III Creating FileMaker Solutions > Working with Summaries and Layout Part...

Hour 17. Working with Summaries and Layout Parts

What You'll Learn in This Hour:

  • Preparing the Parties Database for Reporting— This section explains the steps to take to modify the schema.

  • Creating a Report with the FileMaker Assistant— The FileMaker assistant can produce sophisticated reports; you can choose from a number of different options as you create the report.

  • Looking at the Report Parts— After the report is produced, you can see how it was done so that you can modify it or create reports from scratch in the future.

  • Examining the Script— The optional script that is automatically created can serve as a starting point for your own scripts.

  • Modifying the Layout— You'll see how to manipulate the layout to further customize it after you're finished with the assistant.

One of the most frequent tasks for database designers is to produce reports summarizing the database and subtotaling fields in it. FileMaker makes this easy to do. In this hour, you'll find a walk-through of creating a summarized report using FileMaker's New Layout/Report assistant. As you examine the report that is built automatically for you, you'll see how the different components work together. And then you'll see how you can modify them and expand the report.


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