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Repeated Theme Changes Bloats File Size

Question asked by philmodjunk on Aug 10, 2012
Latest reply on Jan 24, 2014 by philmodjunk


Repeated Theme Changes Bloats File Size


FileMaker Pro



Operating system version

Windows XP, SP3

Description of the issue

If you open a file and repeatedly select different layout themes, your file gets larger with each theme change even though you make no other changes to the file.

10 theme changes on a small, one layout, 1 field, 1 button file took the file size from 68k to 404k. Using Save a copy as/compacted produced a copy of the file with a size of 320k.

Configuration information

This report reproduces info shared at a recent DigFM meeting at FileMaker Inc. headquarters. I'm reporting it here so we can get it added to the Known Bugs List. (


If you want to experiment to see what is possible with different layout themes, either use a copy of your file that you then discard or restrict your research to the preview pane in the change Theme dialog and don't actually apply the different themes to a layout.