From Dwayne Wright PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
Certified FileMaker Developer
You are all familiar with the FileMaker status area that resides on the left side of the screen. This is where the flip book lives where you can go from one record to another and above the flip book is a pull down menu that allows you to go to a particular layout.
Although this is not a security magic bullet, hiding a layout from this list can be an additional layer in your overall security scheme. An easy and effective way to secure a field, button or other layout object is to put it on a particular layout and make that layout unavailable in the layout list.
If the average user does not see the layout in the list, they will likely never go to it. You can hide a layout by going into layout mode, go to the particular layout you want to hide, go to Layout Setup under the Mode menu, then uncheck the box with the label of "Include in layout menu." I’m not sure what version of FileMaker this was added but in most recent versions, the same check box is available in the set layout order dialog box as well.
Here you can see the layout order list and it also has the check box to allow or not allow the layout to be seen in the layout list.
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