Creating and managing layouts and reports > Working with windows
Working with windows
When you want to control the flow of a procedure or work on several tasks concurrently, you can have more than one window open at a time. For example, additional open windows can display alerts, prompt a user for information, or provide different views of data.
To open a new window based on the active window, choose Window menu > New Window.
To modify an open window, use commands on the Window menu or use the Windows script steps.
To open a new window that displays a different layout or behaves differently than the current window, create a script that includes the New Window script step. See the steps below.
Creating a window that opens with a script:
It is not necessary to enter values for each option. When no value is entered, FileMaker Pro uses the default value associated with the Window menu > New Window command.
1. Choose Scripts menu > Script Workspace.
2. Click New Script icon, enter a name for the script, then press Enter.
3. In the script steps pane, double-click the New Window script step.
4. In the script editing pane, click Action menu to open the "New Window" Options dialog box.
5. For Window Name, enter a title for the window.
6. Specify the dimensions and position of the new window.
Tip  You can create a new window offscreen by supplying negative top and left values; this can be useful for multiple-monitor environments.
7. Select Specify Advanced Style.
8. For Window Style:
Document Window
Create a window that users can minimize, maximize, restore, or close; or that starts a new process as users work.
Floating Document Window
Create a window that remains on top of other windows even when the floating window becomes inactive.
Dialog Window (Modal)
Create a window that appears in the foreground and can’t be minimized. Users must close all open dialog windows before they can activate an open document window.
See About window styles.
9. For Window Controls, select which controls you want to enable in the new window.
Note  Zoom Control Area includes the zoom control and Mode pop-up menu at the bottom of a document window.
10. Click OK twice to save your changes and return to the script editing pane.
11. Choose File menu > Save Script (Windows) or Scripts menu > Save Script (OS X), then close the Script Workspace.
12. To open the new window, choose the script from the Scripts menu.
In Windows:
When a window is maximized, the maximize and restore buttons become a single button.
When you disable both the maximize and minimize buttons, these buttons do not appear in the window’s title bar.
You can use a script or button script step to control a window, even if a button is disabled in the window’s title bar.