FileMaker Portals Visible Only In Find Mode

From Dwayne Wright PMP
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In this example, we have a couple fields on a layout and a button that allows the user to go into Find mode. The trick is when the user goes into find mode. Along the bottom of the layout, two additional buttons appear ( Help With Find & Back To Browse Mode) but are not there in Browse or Print Preview.

Normally when you see something like this, the FileMaker developer is taking you to a different layout that has different buttons. For the developer to do that, they would need to run a script. If the user selected FIND by the menu bar or keyboard shortcut, the buttons would not appear. That is not the case in this example. You do not have to run a script to have the invisible buttons show up and they are indeed on the current layout.

What we did was create an invalid relationship or a universally constant invalid relationship. We have one field that always equals 1 as the parent key field and a child key that is always equal to 2. We created a one line portal using this relationship and placed our buttons in the portal row.

Portals that are hidden with a zero line width will show up in Find mode. So in effect, we have buttons that are mode specific.

Here you can see the layout in browse mode, no portal can be seen.

Here you can see the same layout in find mode and the portal with new buttons appear.

An example file can be downloaded by clicking (here).
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