Creating a solution > Defining database tables
Defining database tables
Use database tables to organize and group your data by common characteristics or principles. Your database can contain as many tables as you need to organize your data (limited only by the amount of storage space on your hard disk).
By default, a new file contains a table with the same name as the file. This table can later be renamed or deleted.
Tables you add to a file are automatically displayed in the relationships graph.
To define a table:
1. With the database open, choose File menu > Manage > Database.
2. In the Manage Database dialog box, click the Tables tab.
3. Type a name for the table, then click Create.
To change a table name, select the table, type a new name, then click Change.
4. Continue to define tables, or click the Fields tab to define fields.
Note  When you change a table name, FileMaker Pro updates all references to the table throughout your calculations, relationships, scripts, table occurrences, and so on.
Important  In addition to storing data, FileMaker Pro uses tables to describe relationships in the relationships graph, and establish the context for layouts and some calculations. For information about relationships, see Working with related tables and files. For information on the relationships graph, see Working with the relationships graph. For information on creating layouts, see Creating and managing layouts and reports.
Related topics 
Defining database fields
About relationships
Deleting table definitions, field definitions, and data
Using a reserved word or symbol for a field or table name
Copying or importing table schemas (FileMaker Pro Advanced)