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The FileMaker® Interface


The purpose of this section of the help is to provide an introduction to the FileMaker interface. We have highlighted many of the key features that you will come across in the LandView® 6 program.

Status Bar Icons

On the left-hand bottom of the screen you will find a button that says Browse with a prompt arrow as well as four different icons (Figure 1).

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Figure 1

The farthest icon on the left is the Zoom percentage box zoom percentage box, which shows the current magnification.

The next two buttons over are the Zoom in and Zoom out features. The Zoom in icon zoom in allows you to shrink your view while the Zoom out icon zoom out allows you to magnify your view. You will notice as you use these features that the Zoom percentage box will increase or decrease.

The fourth icon from the left is the Hide/Show icon hide/show. This allows the user to hide or show the status area on the left-hand side of the page.

Mode Pop-up Box

The Mode pop-up box (Figure 1) can be accessed by clicking on the pop-up button that says Browse at the lower left-hand area of the screen. You can move from one mode to another by clicking on the mode you are interested in.

The Browse mode (Figure 1) is the default in the FileMaker interface. This is the mode that will be used the majority of the time if you are working with an existing database. Browse allows the user to view, sort, and omit records.

Preview mode (Figure 1) allows the user to view their document before printing.

The Find mode (Figure 2) is useful for finding individual records or groups of records in a database. The user can search for records by inputting text or mathematical values, using the Symbols prompt arrow.

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Figure 2

Mode Status Area

The Flipbook icon flipbook lets the user flip forwards or backwards through a database by clicking on the top page or the bottom page. To move more quickly through a database, drag the Record Bookmark up or down (Figure 3).

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Figure 3

The Layout mode on top of the Flipbook (Figure 4) will allow you to choose which view you would like to see the records in. For example, in the census database records may be viewed in Entire Demographic Profile view and List View. The Entire Demographic Profile View allows you to look at the entire demographic profile and see the statistics for one geography while List View shows a list of records for a particular geography. For example if you wanted to look at the Places in Delaware in entire demographic profile view it would show the place that comes first alphabetically. In list view it would list all places in Delaware.

If you are interested in looking at a record in List View, there is also a button labeled View as List which can be found on various census geography screens in the census database and screens throughout the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) databases.

The layout modes for EPA and USGS will look slightly different as they have their own set of data screens.

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Figure 4

In the Mode Status Area you will find the word Records. This will let you know the total number of records or the current record you are on if you are searching through a database. If you have performed a Find, under Records will be the word Found. This will let you know how many records were found as a result of your query.

The Sort command can be found under the Records menu in LandView. The Sort command allows you to change the order in which you browse or print records. Depending on whether you have sorted any records, the Status Area will either say Sorted or Unsorted (Figure 4). Alternatively, you can place the mouse pointer on the data field that you wish to sort and then click the right mouse button. A popup menu will appear that will allow you to sort the records on that field.

The Home button home button button is located on screens throughout the LandView program. Pressing this button will take you out of the current screen you are in and send you to the LandView Startup menu.

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