2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 4, 2012 12:37 PM by philmodjunk

    Portal field disappears when moved past layout objects



      Portal field disappears when moved past layout objects


      FileMaker Pro


      12.0v3 Advanced

      Operating system version

      Win 7 Enterprise

      Description of the issue

      Using inspector to move a field in a portal beyond the rightmost edge of the current layout objects results in making the field invisible and unselectable.

      Steps to reproduce the problem

      In the Inventory starter solution:
      Go into layout mode.
      Expand the window to show at least 1000 pt horizontally.
      In the Stock Transactions portal, select the Units Out field.
      Click the "i" to open the inspector and set the left position to 910.

      Expected result

      The field moves to the new location with the field name shown. If you click outside of it, you can reselect it by dragging around it.

      Actual result

      The field moves, but the name is gone; only the outline is visible. Click outside of the field, and it's no longer visible at all. Furthermore, attempts reselect it by dragging fail.

      Configuration information

      This may seem trivial, but it is sometimes useful to move objects off to the side to work on them in isolation, and then move them back.


      Instead of using the inspector to move the field, hold down the right arrow key until the field is in the desired position.

        • 1. Re: Portal field disappears when moved past layout objects

               Jon Reinsch:

               Thank you for the post. 

               Since the field is a portal field, the only way to see the field on the layout again is to stretch the portal to encompass the field. I am attaching a screenshot below showing the portal stretched out to bring the field back into view. Not using the inspector to move the field and dragging instead also works. This is changed behavior from FileMaker Pro 11.


               FileMaker has documented this change in layout widths in Knowledge Base article 10785:


          Layout Widths

               In previous versions of FileMaker Pro, the width of a layout was defined by the right-most edge of the right most layout object on the layout itself. This width had no discernible effect on layouts that did not utilize auto-resizing and anchors. On layouts that did utilize auto-resizing, this width was used as the base width for the layout object auto-resizing calculations.

               New to FileMaker Pro is the concept of a defined “right” margin for a layout. Previous versions of FileMaker Pro had an implied top, bottom, and left margin for layouts but the right margin was in a sense infinite. Therefore, if you wanted to define a right margin you needed to use a layout object, such a line, to do so.



               FileMaker, Inc.

          • 2. Re: Portal field disappears when moved past layout objects

                 Hmmm, so it's possible to place a field in a portal but then use the inspector reposition it so that, while still in the portal it is not visible due to being beyond the borders of the portal? Intriguing if so, as once in a great while there is a need to hide a field on a layout so that it is present but not visible...