Get Started Quickly
FileMaker Pro has several easy ways to help you create databases right away!
FileMaker Resource Center
Found under the Help Menu in FileMaker Pro, the FileMaker Resource Center has QuickTime video tutorials for both new and existing users and other resources to help you get the most out of your FileMaker software.
FileMaker Quick Start Screen
The Quick Start Screen in FileMaker Pro 12 has a streamlined interface to help you get started more quickly than ever before. Easily create a new database, convert files from Excel or Bento or use a Starter Solution. You can also open existing files or manage your favorite files. Plus access helpful resources like videos, tutorials and the online FileMaker Forum – all from one convenient screen.
Professionally designed databases are included in FileMaker Pro to help you get started even faster! Use the newly redesigned Starter Solutions for the most popular FileMaker tasks, like managing contacts, organizing projects, and tracking inventory. These Starter Solutions can be easily customized to meet your unique needs.
Import from Excel
Drag and drop an Excel spreadsheet to instantly import your data into FileMaker Pro or open a spreadsheet in FileMaker Pro from the Quick Start Screen. You can even save your data back to Excel and email it to others in a couple of clicks. Or establish a Recurring Import and automatically import your Excel data every time you open your database.
Import from Bento
FileMaker Pro works with Bento, the personal database for the Mac. Import your Bento data directly into a new FileMaker database from the Quick Start Screen. Or add your Bento information into an existing FileMaker database – combine it with your FileMaker information or import it as a separate table. Through Bento you can now add your Mac OS X Address Book and iCal information as well.