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Chapter 6. Working with Multiple Tables > Understanding Table Context

Understanding Table Context

FileMaker 7 differs greatly from previous versions in its capability to work with many database tables in a single physical file. But there's a bit of a price to be paid for this power. Many, if not most, actions in FileMaker 7 assume that some particular table is somehow the “active” table. Say you reach up to the Records menu and select Delete Record. Which table does that command affect? It affects the “current” table—but how does FileMaker decide which table is “current”? The answer is that FileMaker determines this from what's called the table context.

Table context, it turns out, is determined by the currently active layout. Let's continue to refer to the Town/TownOfficer example. The steps to add the new table were simple, but there's some complexity underneath. After you're back in the Town database, you're still probably looking at the town entry layout, the one where you can view basic town information. But FileMaker has silently added another layout to the database.


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