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FileMaker Pro 8: The Missing Manual by Susan Prosser, Geoff Coffey

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Appendix A. Getting Help

This book provides a solid foundation in FileMaker and takes you well into power user territory, but it doesn’t cover everything there is to know about this vastly versatile program. (You wouldn’t be able to lift it if it did.) This appendix is a guide to the many resources available to help you plumb the depths of FileMaker database design and development.

Getting Help from FileMaker Itself

The installation CDs for FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced include online help files, electronic documentation, templates, and example files. The installer program always installs Online help, but the others are optional. When you choose the Easy Install option in the Install panel of the installation wizard, you get everything installed. Choose Custom Install instead to pick and choose which of the optional files you want installed. And if FileMaker’s already installed on your computer, but the helpers listed below are missing, you can perform a Custom Install and choose the helper files you need without having to uninstall and reinstall FileMaker itself.

On Windows you can find these helpers at C: → Program Files → FileMaker → File-Maker Pro 8 → English Extras. And on the Mac, look in Macintosh HD → Applications → FileMaker Pro 8 → English Extras.

FileMaker Pro Help

To access FileMaker’s onboard help files, choose Help → FileMaker Pro Help. You can also simply press F1 (Windows) or ⌘-? (Mac). If you launch Help while no dialog boxes are open, it opens to the Contents ...

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