Tutorial 101:

Fundamentals

Tutorial 101: Lesson 4

Interacting with FileMaker Apps

Using FileMaker Pro

Now that you've had a chance to look at some Starter Solutions and what's possible in FileMaker, you're ready to start learning how to use FileMaker Pro. To become a good developer, it helps to first be a great user. This involves understanding how to quickly find and manipulate data using the tools available in menu commands, the status toolbar, and keyboard shortcuts.   

In this video, you’ll learn tips to become a FileMaker Pro power user. You’ll see different ways to view data in FileMaker. You’ll get comfortable with the various “modes” of FileMaker, including a mode specific to searching, and a different mode for browsing data. And you’ll learn how to do both simple and complex queries of your data, so you can find the set of records you want to act on.

Why is this important?

  • Core concepts like views, modes, and found sets are central to thinking like a FileMaker developer.
  • The better you are at using FileMaker Pro, the better you'll be at developing and maintaining FileMaker solutions. It's important to know what built-in tools are available to users, and to be able to quickly find and manipulate data yourself.

Video

Getting Started with FileMaker Pro

Learn how users interact with FileMaker Pro apps to find and manipulate data.

Concepts covered:

  • Logging in: Use FileMaker Pro security to require individual logins
  • Using modes: Learn the differences between Browse, Find, Preview and Layout modes.
  • Searching data: See the flexibility of Find mode for targeting the specific data you need to find 
  • Exporting data: Convert data to other formats to share outside of FileMaker
  • Changing layouts: Enter layout mode to manipulate what users see on the screen

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