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Blacking out of Layout screen in Filemaker 7 under Windows 7

Question asked by BarbaraMiller on Nov 27, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 2, 2011 by user15307

Summary

Blacking out of Layout screen in Filemaker 7 under Windows 7

Product

FileMaker Pro

Version

7.x

Operating system version

Windows  64 bit

Description of the issue

I seem to have upgraded FileMaker Pro at the wrong time--I don't use it that much these days, and I am being bitten by the bug where the screen goes black when trying to drag fields around in layout mode.  Makes the mode pretty useless to me, and hence the product is pretty useless as far as creating new databases where I might want to actually lay out a screen.  I gather this was a known bug and that FileMaker Pro 7.x is incompatible with Windows 7.  My question is: what's the cheapest way for me to fix this?  Or is there another product I should be looking at that would have the ease of use of the old flat-file version (I go *WAY* back with this product), which is all that I usually need, and would work under Windows 7?

Steps to reproduce the problem

Create a database by defining fields.  Switch to Layout mode to set up a form for entering data.  Try to move a field by dragging and dropping.

Expected result

Fields and labels that have been selected are moved along with cursor.

Actual result

Entire windows goes black, so I can't see where fields are moved to until I unclick the mouse button.

Configuration information

Filemaker 7.0
Windows 7  64 bit

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