Reference > Script triggers reference > OnLayoutKeystroke


Performs a script when one or more characters are entered from the keyboard either directly or via an input method editor (IME). Use the Get(TriggerKeystroke) function to return the characters that activated the script trigger.

Two types of characters may cause this script trigger to activate:

keys that would normally be applied to an active object

keys normally used for navigation

When the script runs

Before the event has been processed.

Modes in which the trigger can be used

Browse, Find, and Preview modes.


You can use the Exit Script script step within the triggered script to return True or False.

True: The event that triggered the script proceeds.

False: The event that triggered the script is canceled.





FileMaker Pro Advanced 


FileMaker Go 


FileMaker WebDirect 


FileMaker Server 


FileMaker Cloud 


FileMaker Data API 


Custom Web Publishing 


Runtime solution 


Originated in 

FileMaker Pro 10.0


Use the Get(TriggerModifierKeys), Code, and Char functions to work with special characters such as navigational keys like the Tab and the arrow keys, and with general Unicode characters. See the Code function for a list of navigational keys and the codes reported to a script. The Char function returns the characters for Unicode code points.

Keystrokes are processed in the following order:

1. The operating system processes certain keys.

2. FileMaker Pro Advanced processes keyboard shortcut keys.

3. An active object with an OnObjectKeystroke script trigger can process a character.

4. An OnLayoutKeystroke script trigger can process a character.

5. Navigational keys are used for navigation, while non-navigational keys are processed by an active object with an OnObjectKeystroke script trigger.

6. If there is no active object, an alert displays for non-navigational keys.

The first of these steps to use the key stops the process. A script executed by the OnObjectKeystroke or OnLayoutKeystroke script trigger can stop further processing of the keystroke by returning False.

Using the arrow keys or mouse to navigate and select within pop-up lists, menus, and calendars will not activate this script trigger. Entering text into these fields will activate this script trigger.

Windows: The Alt and Ctrl keys do not activate this script trigger.

macOS: The Command key does not activate this script trigger.

FileMaker Go: This script trigger is activated only if a field is active when the user enters a keystroke.

If an error in the triggered script causes the script not to finish, the keystroke that triggered the script is not processed.

See Actions that don’t activate script triggers for a list of other actions that do not activate this script trigger.

Related topics 

Setting up script triggers

Setting script triggers for layouts

Setting script triggers for objects