have you tried creating a new button? And you're in "Browse Mode" (cmd+b on mac, ctrl+b on PC i'm guessing). Normally after "drawing" out the button the Button setup dialog appears and you can select actions from there... like go to layout
I don't know what the tutorial is, but can you try doing what you have done (which sounds all correct) but change it to be a completely different layout that the button goes to, and try that?
Windows of Mac? If you double-click the button and it opens the Button Set-up then it must already have been defined as a button. Otherwise you would have to right-click and choose 'Button setup'. You could try that - just type a piece of text 'Go to Data Entry', click off it, then right-click on the text box again and choose 'Button setup'. Select 'Go to Layout' and choose a layout that is definitely not the one you are on. See if that works.
Any chance that you placed this button on the "Club List" layout? Then your mouse click is telling Filemaker to switch to the layout you are already on and nothing visible will happen...
Thanks all for the replies. No I did not place the button in the "Club List" layout. It was in the Data Entry layout. But I was in the Layout mode after exiting. I needed to go to the Browse mode. Now it works as advertised. It was a basic case of adjusting to the nuances of fm. But while I'm at it, does fm 11 support coding -- similar to VBA in MS Access. Is fm server Apple's version of Oracle/MS sql server? I'm only asking because I am quite new to this platform/OS.
The only coding directly supported by FileMaker are FileMaker scripts that you can create in Manage Scripts... There are ways to control FileMaker with Applescripts and such--though the result is often not a cross platform solution.
I wouldn't descirbe FM Server as "Apple's version of Oracle/MS SQL Server", but it is the first tool to look at when you want to scale up your solution to support more than 9 simultaneous users and it offers some really nice improvements for security, server side automation and for managing the back up process. You can find out more about it on the Product Info section of this site. Oracle and SQL Server, BTW, may be used as the "back end" for a FileMaker "Front End" via ODBC links to the same.
Thanks again for the replies. I'm in Mac country right now, so I guess I need to do like the Romans :) I'm just equating the various padigms to get an idea what I am dealing with. Sounds like FM server is like MS Sharepoint and makes a file based RDBMS more useable across a network.
You can read the product Info for yourself.
You can have many more than 9 simultaneous users.
You can make frequent, live backups of all the DB files.
You can use an external authentication method to control access
You can schedule scripts to be performed as specific times from the server
Your files are better protected should a client computer crash.