Traditional FileMaker Menus In Custom Submenus

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

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As you probably know, you can create custom menus with FileMaker Advanced and this can be a great way to enhance the experience of your solution for your users. However, what if your users are experienced users with FileMaker and may want to have the traditional FileMaker menus at their command? In particular, if you remove traditional FileMaker menu options from a custom menu, their keyboard shortcuts will now longer work as well.

One workaround is to have a quick way to have your users switch to the traditional FileMaker menu set but that removes any unique menus you might have created.

One technique I have used combines both needs. I create my custom menus and then put all the traditional FileMaker menus as a sub menu under the File menu (or what even menu you might name).

Here you can see the traditional menu set provided in my FileMaker 9 Advanced version of FileMaker.

Here you can see the custom menu for my InBizness SOHO 2.4 product. It has the menu options of FileMaker (default), General (custom), Navigation (custom), Reports (custom), Demo Movies (custom), Tools (default) and Help (default).

Here you can see the General menu of my custom menu and notice the appearance of sub menus such as File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Records and Window. The traditional FileMaker menus have been added as sub menus. You can even see that I’ve selected the View sub menu and you can see the traditional choices you would find under the View menu in FileMaker. All the traditional keyboard shortcuts will work because the original menu commands are still there, they are just sub menus now.
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