1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 29, 2013 1:47 PM by SteveMartino

    Complete Novice to Filemaker - need some guidance as to where to start



      Complete Novice to Filemaker - need some guidance as to where to start


           Good evening

           I have opted for using one of the filemaker templates in the hope that it will give me a headstart in building my database. However, this has left me a little lost as to where to start with teaching myself how to build from there on.

           I have managed to figure out the basic functionality but am stumped on one particular task. I am using the 'contacts' template and from the 'groups' option, I am trying to build a relationship between one of the table options. So currently I select on groups and click on the item from the drop down menu. Once I have chosen the item, I would like the screen to prompt me to enter into another specific field but only when this one particular item is selected from groups. 

           Many thanks





        • 1. Re: Complete Novice to Filemaker - need some guidance as to where to start

               Welcome!  I feel the absolute best way to learn is by getting one of the very good books on the subject, go thru the tutorials, and learn by doing.  Along the way you will find things you want to incorporate into you database, and you will learn FileMaker inside and out. Design, building and tweaking your database will go much smoother and quicker.  I couldn't resist jumping in, and ended up rebuilding my database (twice).  Although I appreciate the learning experience, it was frustrating.  Slow and steady are best.

                Once you get going with your database, it will be much easier & quicker to get help here

               My 2 favorite books:

               FileMaker Pro (your version):  The Missing Manual

               The FileMaker Training Series.(For FileMaker 12)

               The hands-down best video training (once again, just my opinion) is by Mark John Osborne:


               I'm still not thru it after a few months (never have the time), but you will learn every aspect of FileMaker as you build a Contacts Database, then build and merge with an Invoicing Solution. I think its something like 45-50 hours of training.

               Also, when you can, start with todays posts and work your ways backwards--so much info from everyone, especially the mind & files of PhilModJunk.