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Using the FileMaker Quick Start screen

From: FileMaker Pro 11 Essential Training

Video: Using the FileMaker Quick Start screen

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.

Using the FileMaker Quick Start screen

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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FileMaker Pro 11 Essential Training

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  1. 7m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Understanding the FileMaker family
      2m 15s
    3. Using the FileMaker Quick Start screen
      2m 52s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 21m 9s
    1. What is a database?
      2m 26s
    2. Flat vs. relational databases
      2m 29s
    3. How FileMaker works
      4m 48s
    4. Understanding the essential preferences
      3m 13s
    5. Touring the interface
      8m 13s
  3. 11m 44s
    1. Creating databases from templates
      2m 29s
    2. Creating new databases in the spreadsheet-like format
      5m 35s
    3. Importing tables
      3m 40s
  4. 9m 9s
    1. Determining which tables you will need
      5m 10s
    2. Creating tables in the Managing Tables window
      3m 59s
  5. 34m 47s
    1. Understanding relationship types
      6m 58s
    2. Diagramming relationships (with ER diagrams)
      8m 50s
    3. Determining which key fields you need
      5m 18s
    4. Defining primary and foreign keys
      7m 56s
    5. Creating relationships using the relationships graph and table occurrences
      5m 45s
  6. 50m 34s
    1. Deciding what fields you will need
      5m 34s
    2. Understanding field types
      7m 54s
    3. Defining fields
      9m 56s
    4. Using Auto Enter options in fields
      9m 33s
    5. Reviewing field validation options
      8m 16s
    6. Building with container fields
      9m 21s
  7. 14m 8s
    1. Creating and duplicating records
      5m 40s
    2. Editing and locking records
      4m 42s
    3. Deleting records and backing up files
      3m 46s
  8. 21m 6s
    1. Importing data
      9m 57s
    2. Importing records to refresh data
      7m 2s
    3. Exporting data
      4m 7s
  9. 18m 30s
    1. Understanding layouts
      4m 15s
    2. Using the Layout Assistant to create List views
      7m 59s
    3. Using the Layout Assistant to create labels and envelopes
      6m 16s
  10. 27m 11s
    1. Using the Layout Setup dialog box
      4m 54s
    2. Understanding layout parts
      4m 40s
    3. Understanding the new Inspector
      2m 26s
    4. Exploring the Status Area in Layout mode
      6m 46s
    5. Managing layouts and layout folders
      8m 25s
  11. 41m 9s
    1. Arranging, aligning, grouping, and locking layout objects
      11m 5s
    2. Placing and formatting objects, parts, and graphics
      4m 10s
    3. Formatting fields and applying field attributes
      8m 26s
    4. Setting field behaviors
      4m 4s
    5. Using the Tab Control feature
      9m 8s
    6. Setting tab order
      4m 16s
  12. 36m 48s
    1. Using the basic find functions
      7m 31s
    2. Reviewing new requests in the Find mode
      5m 54s
    3. Establishing search operators
      6m 43s
    4. Constraining or extending found sets
      3m 24s
    5. Finding records using date, time, or timestamp criteria
      5m 18s
    6. Using Fast Match and Quick Find
      4m 41s
    7. Working with saved finds
      3m 17s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. Sorting with one criterion
      6m 4s
    2. Sorting with related fields
      2m 18s
    3. Sorting with multiple criteria
      1m 36s
    4. Sorting using custom values
      3m 14s
    5. Sorting using buttons
      4m 16s
  14. 17m 14s
    1. Reviewing Field/Control styles
      5m 43s
    2. Creating and applying static value lists
      5m 20s
    3. Creating and applying dynamic value lists
      6m 11s
  15. 23m 52s
    1. Previewing pages and print options
      6m 20s
    2. Printing in different views
      2m 54s
    3. Sliding objects
      3m 26s
    4. Printing merge letters
      4m 53s
    5. Saving as a PDF or Excel file
      6m 19s
  16. 15m 1s
    1. Building simple reports with summary fields
      4m 36s
    2. Creating subsummary reports
      6m 51s
    3. Creating subsummary reports in Table view
      3m 34s
  17. 52m 19s
    1. Defining calculations
      2m 31s
    2. Exploring the Calculation dialog box
      5m 8s
    3. Using number functions
      12m 41s
    4. Using date and time functions
      4m 58s
    5. Using text functions
      11m 43s
    6. Using get functions
      4m 0s
    7. Using logic functions
      11m 18s
  18. 46m 56s
    1. Understanding scripts and script steps
      2m 23s
    2. Assigning script steps to buttons
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding the ScriptMaker dialog box
      8m 28s
    4. Creating multi-line scripts
      6m 44s
    5. Adding find criteria to a script
      4m 58s
    6. Understanding the If script step
      8m 36s
    7. Using script parameters
      4m 42s
    8. Reviewing the Send Mail option
      7m 11s
  19. 28m 0s
    1. Understanding script triggers
      2m 41s
    2. Using object-based triggers
      11m 58s
    3. Using layout-based triggers
      7m 51s
    4. Using file-based triggers (Open and Close scripts)
      5m 30s
  20. 56m 42s
    1. Using related fields
      7m 18s
    2. Creating portals and using portal filtering
      10m 38s
    3. Using related fields in calculations
      7m 6s
    4. Understanding multi-predicate relationships
      11m 11s
    5. Using the Go to Related Record script step
      7m 26s
    6. Creating a chart
      13m 3s
  21. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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