The timing can be tricky. Hold the option key down BEFORE double-clicking on the file.
You could add re-login command to the file. Create a script that runs the Login step. Use custom menus to add a Re-login command to the solution. If you are not familiar with custome menus you can instead select the option to display the script in the scripts menu and run it from there.
I don't think it is a timing issue. I have tried the same in FM 11 A... with no problems. Definitely seems to be an issue with FM 12.
This is not strictly an issue of FM12 -- I can perform the option-open to login with any account.
On my OSX system I cannot reproduce the problem you describe, but I am running FMP12 on Mac OSX 10.6.8.
Is there a chance the OS options regarding restoring windows is affecting this, or some other OS-versioning effect? We are both using FMP12 Advanced on Macs, so I suspect the OS version is involved more specifically than FMP12.
AS an aside: I have noticed over the years that on OSX 10.6...10.5 The option key gets hijacked by something in the MS Office suite.
The option key doesn't work for anything else until the MS apps are closed. Mind you not always.
I wouldn't think it is the OS since I have tried the same using FM11 Advanced on the same system and it works.
I don't think I had any Office apps open but I'll dbl check.
UGH! It's working. Had to reboot due to storms last night. No problems today. Sorry for the wild goose chase.
The oft-neglected first step in all troubleshooting: reboot and try again
Simple solutions are always nice... congrats.
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I've seen this oddness (option-insensitivity) twice in the past few years, and heard it reported from at least one other developer. A reboot always fixed it, and the origin of the problem was always mysterious.
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