Inconsistency in editing script steps in 16 Script Workspace

Discussion created by DamonCasey on Jun 11, 2017
Latest reply on Jun 12, 2017 by tsplatypus

I've found an inconsistency between editing script steps with mouse/keyboard and keyboard only in scripts in 16 on a Mac (I haven't tested on Windows). This is a behaviour change in 16, it didn't affect 15.



OS X 10.11.4

iMac Retina 27" Late 2015


3TB Fusion Drive

FileMaker Pro 16 Advanced


Behaviour with mouse and keyboard:


Click a script step and then type Space to edit the script step.


Behaviour with keyboard:


Navigate script steps using Up/Down Arrow keys. Type Space to edit the script step. This no longer works for most script steps.


I found it originally with comments, Set Field, Perform Script, Perform Script on Server, Set Error Capture, Allow User Abort, Set Variable and Show Custom Dialog but my testing shows the majority of script steps are affected.


Unaffected script steps:


Else If

Exit Script


There is a different behaviour for how the three steps above are selected. Selecting from Up/Down Arrow keys and typing Space opens the 'Specify Calculation' window. Selecting by mouse and typing Space edits the step inline within the script (without opening the 'Specify Calculation' window).


An additional Right Arrow keypress is required to edit those steps that can't be edited.


The space bar will not edit the following script steps regardless of how the script is selected:


Delete All Records

Delete Portal Row

Delete Record/Request

Revert Record/Request

Truncate Table

Adjust Window

Arrange All Windows

Scroll Window

Set Zoom Level

Show/Hide Menubar

Show/Hide Text Ruler

View As

Close File

Open File

Set Multi-User

Set Use System Formats

Allow Formatting Bar

AVPlayer Set Playback State

Enable Touch Keyboard

Install Menu Set


The Right Arrow keypress is required (and sometimes multiple keypresses are required) to edit all of the above steps.