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Best way to categorize records

Question asked by andrewshuttleworth on Dec 14, 2017
Latest reply on Dec 15, 2017 by andrewshuttleworth



I'm new to FileMaker and databases. Even after doing a lot of searching I can't find an answer to the following. (Assume it's relatively simple I'm just searching using the wrong terms or something).


Here’s a simplified version of what I want to do.


  • I have 3 companies: Alpha, Beta, Gamma
  • Alpha is a car dealer, Beta is a bike dealer, and Gamma is both a bike dealer and a car dealer (dealer types)
  • I want to be able to have a company layout in which I can set the dealer type by checking one or more checkboxes for each dealer type
  • I also want to be able to create a report showing companies by dealer type e.g.


Car Dealers




Bike Dealers




What is the best way to do this?


I have set up the company table, dealer type table, and a join table, but I’m stuck getting to the next step adding check boxes to select the dealer type for each company in Form view. Do I need to use a Portal or can I use a CheckBox set? What relationship settings do I need to change for allowing one table to create records in the other?


Thanks for any tips for a newbie.