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Chapter 13. Advanced Layout Techniques > Dedicated Find Layouts

Dedicated Find Layouts

Entering Find mode and performing Find requests is a crucial part of FileMaker Pro, but it's also one of the more difficult things to manage at the user interface level. As your solutions become more complex, Find mode will not be as intuitive for users: They might not have all the fields by which they want to search on one layout, or they may want to perform find requests on related data. Although FileMaker Pro can manage this quite easily, users may be disoriented or confused by the results.

For example, say you've created a “utility” relationship that displays related data based on selected criteria or some temporary condition in the database. The fields sitting on your layout are not a “structural” one-to-many representation of your primary data architecture. Nonetheless, human users will intuitively want to hop into Find mode and have the process act on the “primary” relationship rather than your utility relationship.


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