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Setting general preferences
General application preferences affect the way you work with all FileMaker Pro documents.
To set general preferences:
1. Choose one of the following menu commands:
Windows: Choose Edit menu > Preferences.
OS X: Choose FileMaker Pro menu > Preferences.
2. In the Preferences dialog box, click the General tab, and then set the options you want to use.
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Enable drag and drop capabilities to move text in fields, between fields, and between layouts, as well as between applications that support drag and drop.
Select Allow drag and drop text selection.
Display the names of up to 30 recently opened files when you choose File menu > Open Recent or when you use the Launch Center to open files.
Select Show recently opened files, and then enter a number from 1 to 30.
Windows: Make text easier to read by increasing the size of all layout objects in the work area.
Select Enlarge window contents to improve readability.
In the lower-left corner of the window, an asterisk appears next to the zoom percentage when this option is selected.
In Windows, font smoothing is turned off at the 75% zoom level and higher when this option is selected.
Display and use the Manage Database dialog box to create a new solution when you choose File menu > New Solution.
Select Use Manage Database dialog to create files.
Reset the size and position of all dialog boxes to their defaults.
For Reset dialog sizes and positions, click Reset.
Set the name that identifies the user.
(This value is used, for example, when you choose Insert menu > Current User Name.)
Windows: Type a name for User name.
OS X: Select System in the User Name area or, for User Name, select Other, and then type a name in the text box. (The system name is the name entered in System Preferences. See OS X Help.)
Set the language that FileMaker Pro uses for menus, dialog boxes, and messages.
Windows: For User Interface Language, choose a language.
OS X: Use System Preferences. See OS X Help. (You must log out from OS X and log back in to see the new language.)
The new language does not take effect until you restart FileMaker Pro. If some language components are not installed, FileMaker Pro may alert you to install a language pack. See Installation and New Features Guide for FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced.
This setting does not change the system formats used for displaying and sorting dates, times, and numbers in a particular file. For more information on system formats, see Opening files with different system formats.
Windows: Set the style of font smoothing.
For Font smoothing style, choose a style.
If the fonts on your screen look fuzzy, you may want to experiment with the different font smoothing styles until you find one that looks best with your monitor.
In Windows, font smoothing is turned off at the 100% zoom level and higher.
In OS X, you can set font smoothing options in System Preferences. See OS X Help.
3. Click OK.
Related topics 
Moving text and data with drag and drop
Creating a solution
Keyboard shortcuts (Windows)
Keyboard shortcuts (OS X)
Formatting fields and text for vertical writing