FileMaker has a keyboard shortcut for both Macintosh and Windows machines to get you out of a running script. These keyboard shortcuts are the esc (escape) key for Windows users and command-period key combination for Macintosh users. The problem with this can be that the integrity of the database can be damaged if a script is not allowed to run it's complete course.
For example, scripts that pause for user interaction, like entering in key data, if aborted cold result in data integrity within the file being harmed if is the script is not allowed to fully carry out its task.
A developers setting of the Allow User Abort script step will either allow or not allow the end user to cancel out of a running script. The I think it is safe to say that Allow User Abort is one of the more important script steps for a highly controlled scripted operation. Normally, you will want to have this script step as close to the top of the script as possible. Otherwise the user could abort the script before the script comes to the Allow User Abort step is reached in the script.
FYI... If you have a script with an exceptionally long execution duration that should NOT be aborted, do a solid for your users and warn them first. The best way to do this is using another FileMaker script step called Show Custom Dialog Message. You can warn the user that the script may take a long time to run and allow them to abort its execution BEFORE it gets started.
This example file uses a scripted Find operation to show you the reason you may want to include the Allow User Abort [off] step in your scripts. The script goes to a different layout and puts the user into find mode. Then the user enters in their find criteria and clicks the perform find button.
There are a number of things missing from this operation but I want to focus on the Allow User Abort script step. In particular, I want to illustrate the problems your users may encounter. You will notice the script without user abort will show a cancel button on failed searches. This can strand a user on the find layout and may not allow a way back to the entry layout.
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