How to Link to Word Files in FileMaker Pro Field

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How to Link to Word Files in FileMaker Pro Field
You can use a container field in FileMaker Pro 9 or later to link to Word files. (laptop with database record on 15.4)

With the FileMaker Pro application, which is available for both Windows and Mac users, you can design complex databases for storing different types of information. During the building process, you will have the option to define various types of fields for your database. One type of field, called the container, allows you to store links to other types of documents like Microsoft Word files. When users click on these links, the corresponding file will open in Word.

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  1. 1

    Open the FileMaker Pro database that you want to use to link Word files.

  2. 2

    Go to "File" in the top menu bar, expand the "Manage" submenu and select "Database." The field definition pop-up window will now appear.

  3. 3

    Enter a label for the new field in the "Field Name" area and select "Container" as the field type.

  4. 4

    Hit the "Create" button to add the field to the database's structure and then press "OK" to save the configuration. The new container field will automatically be added to the current layout.

  5. 5

    Place your cursor in the container field you just created and click your mouse to enter the field.

  6. 6

    Open the "Insert" menu at the top of the screen and choose the "File" option.

  7. 7

    Navigate to the location of the Microsoft Word file that you want to link to the database. Then highlight it and press the "Open" button. FileMaker Pro will now attach a link to the Word file in the current database record.

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