How to create your first database in FileMaker Pro

Posted by John Mathewson on December 30, 2015

FileMaker Pro allows users to create databases that range in how complex they are — they can be as simple as a collection of information or as intricate as an invoicing or inventory system. Regardless of the level of sophistication, all of these databases start off the same way in FileMaker. If you are new to this system, this article will give you some tips on how to get up and running as quickly as possible.

Using themes to create your database will give it a professional look, as it is a collection of coordinated styles that will determine the color, object, part, background attributes and font of a particular layout. Themes also enhance the look of your database by giving everything a consistent look, and can be edited at any time. This program will offer you enough support when it is needed, taking you through every aspect step by step.

When you go to create a new database with FileMaker Pro, the program automatically opens the file in Layout mode and displays a blank layout as well as the Field Picker dialog box. Using the Field Picker box will allow you to define the fields for that particular database, as well as adding or changing those in an existing layout. However, the Field Picker dialog box can only be used to define the fields for the current layout of the most recent FileMaker Pro table.

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