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Part: I Getting Started with FileMaker—U... > Using FileMaker and Its Basic Templa...

Hour 2. Using FileMaker and Its Basic Templates

What You'll Learn in This Hour:

  • Exploring the FileMaker Interface— This is the top-level overview of what you see when you open FileMaker.

  • Using the Status Area and FileMaker Modes— The status area at the left of each FileMaker data window lets you navigate through the database and its elements. It changes depending on the mode you're using. You can use it to work with modes that let you browse data, search for data, create custom layouts to view data, and preview data before printing.

  • Using Basic FileMaker Menus— The basic menus are the same in each mode.

  • Working with FileMaker Windows— In FileMaker 7, you can now have multiple windows open on the same database table.

  • Working with FileMaker Views— In Browse mode, views let you look at data a record at a time, in a list, or in a table that resembles a spreadsheet.

  • FileMaker Preferences— The basic preferences let you customize the way FileMaker behaves.

  • FileMaker Toolbars— You can use FileMaker's toolbars to augment the menu bar and the status area for easy control.

  • Entering Data— Finally, here are the basics of entering data into FileMaker.

Now that you have been introduced to the basics of FileMaker, it's time to explore the software—both the database itself and the templates that come with it. If you have a copy of FileMaker, you can follow along with this part of the book: You don't have to create any databases other than the ones that come installed with FileMaker. (If you haven't installed FileMaker, now might be a good time to do so.)


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