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I have 40 different views (letters, worksheets, forms, reports). Paging to the right to find the one I need is slow. Can I organize the views into a menu and remove them from the view bar?
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Yes. There are a number of ways of doing this. Probably the easiest to understand uses a combination of Macros and Forms.

Probably the easiest way to show you an example is to open the Artist & Music Collection Smartmaster and look at how the main menu is constructed. Each of the items has a "Switch to view" macro associated with it. Then each of the views has a "Main Menu (F10)" macro button on it to get you back to your main page.

Another way of doing this would include loading a drop down list with your views and having the selection activate the macro. Lots of ways to skin this cat.
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In the "Status Bar" at the bottom of the Approach Window, the name of the current view is displayed on the right side. Click that name and a list of all the views that are not hidden is shown. Selecting a name from that list takes you to that view.

I do agree with VolleyTom that organizing your application using forms as menus is a good way to go. Buttons can have simple macros with a VIEW command to switch to the appropriate view instead of finding it by name.

Sue Sloan
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