1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 15, 2009 10:59 AM by TSGal

    Cannot enter data into my fields



      Cannot enter data into my fields



      I have been using filemaker pro 8 on windows xp for more than a year now but still consider myself a novice user.  I'm using the program to create notecards for dissertation research.  I created a database with several fields in which I enter textual and numerical data.  I entered data last night and filemaker was working fine -- I went to bed and put my computer on "stand by".  This morning, I opened the database and created a new record but the program would not allow me to type in numerical or textual data into the particular fields.  When I scroll through older records, the numbers that indicate what record I'm looking at get progressively darker and basically turn into black rectangles.  I can see the older records with all the data I entered in the past but when I attempt to access the fields to edit or enter new data, it does nothing -- the mouse just clicks with no result.  The only thing that does happen is that the two symbols for "cut" (scissors) and "copy" (two pieces of paper) on the toolbar will highlight and fade at the same time as if I were clicking on them.  I restarted my computer and relaunched filemaker pro several times but with no results.  I also tried "recovering" the databases but the same thing happened with the recovered database.  Please help!

        • 1. Re: Cannot enter data into my fields



          Thank you for your post.


          You took the correct first step in running a recover, even though it didn't fix the issue.  As a side note, the Recover command will try its best to fix a file, but it is not a cure-all solution.  That means there may still be some damage in the file.


          Is this problem occurring with every layout or just a particular layout?  If just one layout, create a new layout.  If this is occurring for every layout, then you may still have a damaged file.  If that is the case, create a new database file and import the records from your original file.  See if the problem persists in the new file.


          If the new file works, try copying the layouts from your old file into the new file.


          Any other information you can provide may be helpful in narrow down the possible causes.


          Please keep me updated with any progress.



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