10. Getting Started with Reporting and Charting

Reporting in FileMaker Pro

You have seen how to use layouts to display data and allow it to be entered. Both Browse and Find modes are designed for interactive use on the screen. You can print a layout, but obviously the interactive parts of the layout such as buttons, pop-up menus, and scrolling portals become static when printed. FileMaker Pro provides another mode, Preview mode, that is used for reporting. Preview mode is not interactive. It is designed primarily for printing, so instead of using scroll bars, which require interactivity, it paginates data that is too big for a printed page. In addition, because it is the heart of FileMaker Pro’s reporting mechanism, Preview mode supports summaries ...

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