Working with FileMaker Starter Solutions

An Introductory Course in FileMaker Development
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (84 ratings)
4,558 students
56min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

Learn how to modify the Contacts Starter Solution that comes with FileMaker
Enter data in a FileMaker solution
Inserting a Photo
Importing data from Excel, Tab-Separatedor Comma-Separated files
Finding records using AND, OR, Omit, = and ranges
Creating a layout


  • You should be able to use a Macintosh or Windows machine at the basic level


This introductory course for FileMaker starts from the very beginning with the launching of FileMaker. A Contact Management Starter Solution, that comes with FileMaker, is created and used as a learning platform to get you up and running as fast as possible. Students will learn how to enter data, insert a photo, import data from Excel and other sources, search for records using multiple methods, create a new layout, print, sort, add and delete fields, develop scripts and create calculations. So, if you've never used FileMaker before, this quick introductory course will take you from nothing to a contact manager designed for your special needs.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who has never used FileMaker before


FileMaker Pro Expert
John Mark Osborne
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 1,463 Reviews
  • 12,893 Students
  • 18 Courses

John Mark Osborne has been working with FileMaker Pro for over 20 years. He earned his FileMaker Pro degree working on the frontlines of Claris technical support. John was the Technical Lead for FileMaker, serving as an escalation path for other technical support representatives and writing a large portion of TechInfo (now called Knowledgebase), their technical information reference. John also acted as a liaison between the technical support department and the FileMaker development team, reporting bugs, attending product meetings and acting as resource for the development team.

John Mark is best known as the author of the popular FileMaker Pro web site Database Pros. The Database Pros web site has been on the internet for 20 years and gets over 35,000 hits a day by offering free FileMaker Pro tips, tricks and techniques.

John Mark is also well known as the co-author of the wildly popular Scriptology book and CD ROM. John Mark launched a hands-on training class based on his Scriptology book and it has become so popular that it is now taught at MacWorld Exposition in San Francisco and New York. Most recently, John Mark was one of twelve trainers in the United States authorized to teach their new FileMaker Training Series of classes.

John Mark has been a featured speaker at the FileMaker Developer Conference for 15 years. At the 1999 Developer Conference, he was awarded the FileMaker Pro Excellence award for "creation of outstanding technical resources".

John Mark is a former technical editors for Advisor magazine working on the tips and tricks section which is the most popular column in the magazine.

John Mark has recorded beginner, intermediate and advanced tutorial videos for FileMaker 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 totaling thousands of hours.

John Mark Osborne is an FBA member (FileMaker Business Alliance) working closely with FileMaker, Inc. and their most important customers. John Mark Osborne has also passed the rigorous FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 certification tests and is proud to display the FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 16 and 17 certification logos.

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