- Getting Started
- Understanding FileMaker Pro Features
- Using the Status Toolbar
- Working in FileMaker Pro
- Working with Records
- Working with Fields
- Working with Related Data
- Finding Data with FileMaker
- Importing and Exporting Data
- Using the Web Viewer
- FileMaker Extra: Becoming a FileMaker Pro Power User
Working with Records
The steps involved in creating and deleting records in FileMaker Pro are simple. Under the Records menu, choose New Record, Delete Record, or Duplicate Record. Notice also that there’s a Delete All Records option. For now, let’s explore how to take care of simple data entry. Many solutions (including the Starter Solutions) provide buttons—usually at the top of the layout—to create and delete records; some might also provide a duplicate record button.
If you are in the midst of entering data in a record and want to undo the entry, use the Revert Record command under the Records menu. A record is saved—or committed—automatically when you click outside a field for the first time (or in another field), change modes, change layouts, or press the Enter key. FileMaker Pro uses the term commit to indicate when a record is posted, or saved, to your database. Using the Revert Record command before committing a record allows you to roll back all the changes you’ve made, returning that record to its last committed state.
- If Revert Record doesn’t seem to do anything, see “Reverting Records” in the “Troubleshooting” section at the end of this chapter.
- If you have trouble with data you believe to be lost, see “Data Loss” in the “Troubleshooting” section at the end of this chapter.