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Help! Mac vs. Windows scrolling issue

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I'm a Mac FM developer, with limited experience on Windows, designing a db for a client on Windows 7 Enterprise.

Currently, I'm developing on my Mac and then porting it over to a Windows 7 laptop for testing (FM 11.0v2 for both).

I've encountered a weird scrolling issue that I can't seem to resolve:

In Browse mode, I have a layout that extends down past the visible window space, and so requires some scrolling to see the bottom half.

On my Mac, I can scroll down normally, using either my mouse or FileMaker's scroll bars (note: I'm not referring to the optional scroll bars for fields or portals, just the standard window scroll bars).

However, on the Windows laptop, the mouse scroll wheel only scrolls through records, and the window scroll bar only scrolls to the bottom of the visible screen area! This occurs whether the window is at max or in "restored down" state.

I am able to scroll down in Layout mode, btw, just not in Browse mode.

I've read through FM's white papers on Windows scrolling, but it only refers to scrolling records or within a field or portal, NOT simply scrolling down the screen!

Any assistance would be much appreciated, as this is a complete deal-breaker right now!

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Forgot to mention: I'm aware there's a way to disable scrolling through records with the mouse wheel (hiding/locking the status bar, etc.).

However, the BIGGER issue is that I'm not able to scroll down through page AT ALL using the scroll bars (or by any other means).

Thanks.

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you may be able to bind the mouse wheel to the up/down arrow, I think a program like autohotkeys or similar will work, you should be able to write 2 scripts one to bind on db load and the other to unbind when done.. I will try and test or write a program over the weekend..

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I downloaded autohotkeys from http://www.autohotkey.com/

and used the script

WheelDown::down

WheelUp::up

this worked perfectly with filemaker... you can run using sendevent script step

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Search fmforums for this - I saw a post recently that covered the same issue. The only work-around mentioned for Windows was to install an app that is un-related to FileMaker, but will make scrolling work how you want.

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So, this is NORMAL on Windows?

How on earth does anyone design functional layouts? I can't imagine that every layout designed for Windows is a single-page deep.

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How on earth does anyone design functional layouts?

Make sure it all fits on the screen at once; although this can be difficult with many modern laptops only having 720 vertical pixels.

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Make sure it all fits on the screen at once; although this can be difficult with many modern laptops only having 720 vertical pixels.

Hi dan,

Can you confirm for me that this is standard for FileMaker on Windows OS? I'm sort of stunned that 1). I've never come across this before, and 2). FileMaker doesn't mention it in their help or white pages. Thanks.

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You're just going to love (not) the way Windows also handles "Resize to fit" and "Maximize" as well.

If one FM window is maxed then so are all the others, unlike on Mac where each window can maintain independent sizes.

The basic problem with Windows is that each FM window is confined to the FM application window size.

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Search fmforums for this - I saw a post recently that covered the same issue. The only work-around mentioned for Windows was to install an app that is un-related to FileMaker, but will make scrolling work how you want.

Sorry I'm a random looking around for a hack solution to this bizarre and counter-intuitive behavior apple decided to implement, but I had to stop because I hate posts like this.

Where is the post? What is the app?

I mean seriously, why did you even post then?

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How on earth does anyone design functional layouts? I can't imagine that every layout designed for Windows is a single-page deep.

I've learned to develop in Windows and the Mac can usually handle it fine. Scrolling is not the only cross-platform design problem avoided by designing on the PC.

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