Put a series of global fields in your header. Use either OnObjectModify (check boxes, radio buttons pop up menus) or OnObjectSave ( Edit Boxes, drop down lists ) to perform a script that:
a) enters find mode without pausing
b) sets up the needed find criteria from the data in the global fields
c) performs the find
d) processes the result as needed (Tells the user that no records were found, sorts the found records, etc.)
The user never sees the system enter find mode, they just see a new found set of records appear every time that they modify the search criteria in the global fields.
To see some example scripts that use data from global fields to perform finds, see this discussion:
Great thanks Phil. Am I right that my script needs to set field for all of the Global Fields that the user could potentially set? So if I have 5 global fields, the script triggered after entering data in one of those fields needs to set field for all 5 of the global fields so that my query updates as each combination of data changes, correct? And therefore its the same script for all of the global fields in my header?
Yes a single script can be used as you describe, but your script might need to check for all fields empty and do a show all records. (I forget if clearing all search fields finds all records or not, so test and use Show All if that you find that it's needed. )