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One of the new features in FileMaker Pro 11 is a redesign to the Quick Start dialog. So here you see onscreen that I've opened up FileMaker Pro, and I'm seeing the FileMaker Quick Start screen. One of the things you'll notice on the right-hand side of the screen is that FileMaker has given you links to additional training resources. You can visit the FileMaker Resource Center, or learn more about FileMaker Pro, or access some of the FileMaker Pro Tutorials, or view the FileMaker Forum, which allows you to collaborate with other FileMaker users through an online bulletin board. But on the left-hand side, you'll see where there's all the functionality of the screen.
First, you'll notice that you can click on the link here to create a brand-new database, and that's what we're going to be doing throughout the rest of this title. Here you can convert a file into a new FileMaker database; for example, those types of files might be an Excel file, tab delimited file, those types of things, or you can use one of FileMaker's Starter Solutions as a pre-designed template to get you going very quickly. We'll talk about all these different things in movies later on this title. In the middle of the screen, you'll see something that's rather helpful. If you find yourself using the same databases over and over again, you can consider these your favorites.
And like many other applications, FileMaker allows you to manage your favorites, or pick which databases might be your favorite databases, and then displays them here in the Quick Start screen. And the way to Add Favorites is by simply clicking on the Manage Favorites link. This will pop-up in the Manage Favorites window where you can see any existing favorites, and if you have them, you can click on them and remove them from the list if you know longer use the database. Or if you want to add a new database, you can just hit the plus sign in the bottom left-hand corner, where you'll then navigate to a database and choose that one as one of your new favorites.
Now you'll see the file in your Manage Favorites window, and when you close the window, you'll see it under your Favorite Files. You'll also see that any recently opened files will appear under the Recent Files section, and you can reset those by closing this window and going under the File menu, and under Open Recent, simply hit Clear Recent Files. This is very similar to many other applications where you see that you've got recent files. Now, if you want to invoke the Quick Start screen again, you can go under the Help Screen and hit Quick Start Screen.
You might not need these resources, and you might want to skip the Quick Start Screen, so if you want to do that, the way you would do this is uncheck the box in the bottom left-hand corner that says Show this screen when FileMaker Pro opens. And then when you close it, now FileMaker will no longer show the Quick Start screen. And this is the setting that we're going to use in our copy of FileMaker Pro for the rest of the title. The new Quick Start Screen in FileMaker Pro 11 will equally address both new and experienced users. New users who aren't sure how to get started will be able to see all their alternatives and have access to Help and Tutorials.
Experienced users, on the other hand, will have quick access to Recent and Favorite Files and the ability to customize their display in the window.
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