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FILEMAKER: Printing Portal Information

From Dwayne Wright - Certified FileMaker 9 Developer
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CHAPTER 08: Printing Portal Information

By default, portals are not the most printer friendly objects in the FileMaker universe. I've even heard people say “Portals were designed for viewing related data, not printing.” I'm not sure that I entirely agree with that viewpoint but it is true that portal printing can have quirks.

The first time you print a layout that contains a portal, you don’t expect any problems and you may not have any. However if you have a scrollable portal and you would need to scroll down in the portal to see all the rows, then these rows you need to scroll to see will not print by traditional methods. By traditional, I simply mean by going under the File menu and choosing print ... or ... using the Print keyboard shortcut.

To print the data in the portal rows unseen before scrolling, you will need to apply the aid of ScriptMaker. In this series of discussions, we cover many of the different options for printing portals. Hopefully this may address any portal printing woes you have or may encounter in the future.

Here are some links to other posts that might be of interest in regards to this topic...
Printing Portal Information
Sliding & Reducing Enclosed Parts Settings With Portals
Remembering What Portal Data Is ( GTRR )
Scripts That Go To A Layout With A Really Big Portal
Printing Portals With Multiple Scrollable Portals
Printing Portals With Multiple Row Text Info
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