Storing the database on a network share hard drive and letting FMP users race to be the first to open it is not recommended.
A dedicated computer to host the database is highly recommended. (file corruption is the main reason)
If none of the computers are always turned on first, it is a hassle.
Sharing the database as you are, frequent backups is a very good idea.
Thank you for your answer.
We actually do have a dedicated computer that stores all the FM data files (actually, we've done it this way for the past dozen or so years). But it doesn't have a copy of the FM program.
How are we to open the file w/o having to hunt through the menu system?
You need to install FileMaker Pro or FileMaker server on that computer and use it to host the files for your other users. This was also the recommended method for sharing FileMaker 3 files, BTW.
Filesharing is not recommended. According to TS personnel, this risks getting damaged database files should two users attempt to open the file at the same time and this was also true for FileMaker 3 files.