The FileMaker Relationship Graph Buttons: Alignment & Color Occurrence

From Dwayne Wright PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
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As most of you know by now, FileMaker allows you define relationships in a large graphics area. Along the bottom of the relationship graph area are a series of buttons that allow for table occurrence creation, relationship creation, alignment of table occurrence elements, viewing options for the graph and printing options for the graph.

The fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth buttons in the bottom button row are for aligning selected relationship graphic objects. If you have ever worked with the alignment controls for layout objects in layout mode, these buttons work pretty much the same way. You can align objects to be flush to the left or right. You can also align them so each has it's top or bottom edges flush.

This is a great idea if you are going to print out the relationship graph area for a presentation or part of your overall database documentation.


Here you can see the four relationship object alignment buttons ( align left edges, align, right edges, align top edges and align bottom edges.

The ninth button in the bottom button row is the Color Occurrence button. This allows you to color code a currently selected table occurrence in the relationship graph area. You click the relationship object, click the button and pick a color. The selected object will become that color. This can be a worthwhile organization method and the visual presentation can make the entities & relationships easier to understand. I do think this color coding method a great idea if you are going to print out the relationship graph area for a presentation or part of your overall database documentation.


Here you can see the button that you click after selecting a relationship object. You can then pick a color from the color palette that comes up next
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