FILEMAKER: Split Screen With Portal And Detail View

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

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As you know by now, it is quite common for a portal row to have a button that runs a GTRR operation. This typically is done because the user needs to see more information about a child record than what is shown in the portal row. The problem with this is that the user may get confused by two or more screens flipping back and forth. So you may want to create a single screen that still shows more information about a related child record.

With a split screen effect, the user sees is one screen with a portal on the left and the record details on the right. When the user clicks a portal row, the details of the portal row selection appears on the right. This is like using a GTRR script step except that you never leave the screen. Some users get very confused by multiple files and screens in a FileMaker database.

Under the hood, when a portal row is selected, it sets a primary key field that allows you to see it’s detail in the split screen format.

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