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You'll find it a LOT less work if you set up layouts where each row is a record and each column is a field. The opposite is possible, but not without a lot of design work with your layout. And using columns for records limits you to just the number of records you can fit horizontally on your layout when you design the layout. With rows as records, you can simply add more records as needed without any additional design changes to your layout, you simply scroll the window vertically to see different records of those currently in your found set.
You also lose the ability to perform a find on the layout to pull up different sets of records, you have to create your own system for controlling what records appear in the portals instead.
To get records into columns requires creating a "cross tab" layout. This is almost always accomplished with portals arranged to produce the needed columns. Sometimes this is done with single row portals arranged in a "grid" pattern other times, you have multiple row portals with one portal for each column. You can control what records appear in each portal via the relationships, portal filters and the "initial row" option you can select in portal setup.
With regards to your "yes no" fields, you can define a value list with values of yes, no and then format a field with radio buttons, check boxes, a drop down list or a pop up menu that uses that value list to limit the users input to just the values you specify for that value list.