Text Placeholder Symbols In FileMaker Layout Design

From Dwayne Wright PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
Certified FileMaker Developer

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Text placeholders are pairs of specific characters are typed into a layout and show information to the user. These character pairs are unique and would likely never appear together in a regular text communication. These characters may appear as their own text string (like showing the page number in a printed report) or within a merge field (like showing the current date within a sentence).

There are times in the new layout assistant where FileMaker asks you for some options you want for the new layout and actually it is just placing some text placeholders on the layout for you.

Here you can see the page number and current date insertion options for a new layout.

It is somewhat bizarre but you can see text placeholders in action very quickly. In layout mode, I typed in a sentence ending with a text placeholder. I didn’t have to go to browse mode to see the results. As soon as I switched from the text tool to the selector tool, the text place holder showed me it matching data criteria.

Here you can see what I typed in.

Here you can see the text placeholder result and you can see that I’m still in layout mode with the text string selected.

Here are some of the common text placeholder character strings ...

Current Date //
Current Time ::
Current Page ##
Current Record @@
Current User ||
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