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Why does my DB look different on other computers?

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[color:purple]Issue: I created a DB for 5 different end users and when I opened the DB on their computers the layouts were either too small or too big to fit their screens. I had to individually re-size each one to fit their screen.

Does filemaker not automatically adjust the layouts to fit multiple screen sizes? Is there an option I need to configure?

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It can change depending on their individual screen resolution.

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Do I have to change everyone's screen resolution each time I add a new DB to their computer? What if changing their screen resolution to accomodate Filemaker causes other programs display problems?

Any other ideas or suggestions?

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There are two options you have that might work for you:

Create a startup script to find out the user's screen size and increase/decrease magnification of the window accordingly (you can do this manually using the buttons in the bottom left corner of the window), or

Learn how to take advantage of the auto-resizing layout objects in FileMaker 9 (warning: its usefulness is limited, but better than nothing).

Either way, you'll be better off if you design the databases to be used at the smallest possible size, then resize or magnify later.

HTH

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Can you give me a sample script for retrieving the user's screen size and adjusting to fit? thanks so much for the feedback : : :)

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Put this in a script set to run at startup. Note that zoom level and screen size used here are just arbitrary numbers, you should set them to whatever gets you the results you want (you could use Get(ScreenWidth) also, either instead of or in combination with the height):)

If [Get (ScreenHeight) > 800]

Set Zoom Level [150%]

Adjust Window [Resize to Fit]

End If

If you have auto resizing elements you can set a specific window size (and position) based on the screen size and let the objects expand to whatever size you specify. In that case you would use the Move/Resize Window script step instead of Set Zoom Level & Adjust Window.

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Thanks so much I will try it out. I really need to get my boss to upgrade to FM9!!It would really be great to work smarter rather than harder :hair:

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