Chapter 3. FileMaker Basics

If you hate to read computer books, this chapter’s for you. By taking a brief look at the menus assembled here and the explanations of how they and various commands work, you’ll get a quick overview of FileMaker that will allow you to dive right in—if that’s your style.

For readers who prefer a go-slow approach, this chapter’s brief explanations also include page references to where in the book you’ll find all the details you could want.

No matter which approach you prefer, this chapter provides a visual map for learning all of FileMaker’s major functions.

FileMaker’s Screen and Modes

When using FileMaker, you will always be working in one of four views or what it calls modes: Browse, Find, Layout, or Preview. Each ...

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