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Chapter 7. Working with Relationships > FileMaker Extra: Managing the Relations...

FileMaker Extra: Managing the Relationships Graph

The new Relationships Graph in FileMaker 7 is a nice answer to developers who've clamored for years for a visual representation of relationships in FileMaker systems. But for large or complex systems, with many table occurrences, the Graph has the potential to be a bit unwieldy. Table occurrences in the Graph take up a fair amount of space, and it can be difficult to organize the occurrences without creating a web of overlapping relationship lines.

You can use a number of tools for Graph management. For one thing, the small “window-shade” icon at the top right of a table occurrence can be used to hide the fields in the table occurrence, leaving only the match fields used in relationships. This can save valuable space (though there's no “all-off” or “all-on” switch you can toggle). Figure 7.33 shows a Relationships Graph in “windowshade” mode.


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