Drop-down listbox of FM accounts.

Posted on 2006-05-08
Last Modified: 2010-05-18

  I am creating a FM database that will make the use of accounts, but I don't want to use FileMaker's factory logon windows.  Instead I would like to use layout logged in as guest and have a dropdown list of all the accounts and a password with bullets masking the password and have my database go from there depending on what user logged in.  I'm new to FM.

Question by:lownoma925
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    if you are new, that may not be the easiest to do.
    this idea is to logon automatically as guest.
    then you should have a table with users, all matching fmaker accounts.
    at startup, users can click there name in a dedicated layout, enter passwd, then you reconnect them with a script and their new identity.
    to have your users table to match the fm accounts, you must do a script which creates both new records in the users table and fm accounts at the same time.
    I have done it before, but the advantage is not much compared to the regular way. In fact I used to do this with fm6 where accounts were only... passwords.

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    Thanks, now I understand.  Any clue how to mask the password feild?
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    not in a field in a layout; you can use white characters on a white background, but copy/paste can pinch it.
    instead, use a button with triggers a script where you gonna use a custom dialog. in this function, you can mask the field data with stars, using the passwd type.
    tell me if you need an example.

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