Adding shortcuts to FileMaker on Mac OS X

I have a seen a lot of complaints on mailing lists about shortcuts – that developers are used to – that are now missing from FileMaker 11. I may not be able to help restore those shortcuts, but I would like to show you how you can add shortcuts to menu items that do not have one.

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In addition, you can invoke the “Inspector” by hitting Command + “I”, and you can switch between the tabs by hitting Command + “1” for Position, Command + “2” for Appearance and Command + “3” for Data.


5 replies
  1. Timothy Hall says:


    All these years working with Mac (I have been a Mac user since the first 512 came out in 1971 – is that the right year? Well, something like that anyway) and I never noticed the keyboard shortcuts panel in system preferences!

    I guess there’s always something new to learn.
    Thanks for the cool tip.

  2. Jason Mark says:

    I’ve been using these on Filemaker 9, and just upgraded to Filemaker 11, and my most important shortcuts stopped working.  In Filemaker 9 I had command-B mapped to bold, and then I mapped “browse mode” to “command-shift-B”… but the shortcuts no longer work on Filemaker 11.  Any clue?

    • Anonymous says:

      In FM11, Command+Shift+B is bold. Look at the menu and whatever has a shortcut works. Then you can add some shortcuts on your own. There are some shortcuts that don’t work in FM11, if I remember correctly.

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