Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the easiest ways to improve your efficiency when working with FileMaker is to use keyboard shortcuts.

All computer software, including FileMaker, provides keyboard shortcuts to allow faster access to menu commands.

What are Keyboard Shortcuts

A keyboard shortcut is a combination of keys that can be typed to invoke a software menu function directly from the keyboard. In other software, these are sometimes called hotkeys, key commands, menu keys or key bindings.

To distinguish a command keystroke from regular input, keyboard shortcuts require a user to hold one or more modifier keys and then type a non-modifier key. Together these instruct FileMaker to perform a particular function.

A modifier key is a key that is held down to temporarily modify the normal action of other keys. Modifiers don’t perform an input function themselves, they only change the functioning of other keys. For example, the Shift key will temporarily modify the function of every alphabetic key to type a capitalized version of the corresponding letter instead of the default lowercase version. Modifier keys associated with keyboard shortcuts are:



^ Control




MS Windows


Alt Alternate

Some shortcuts are nearly ubiquitous in operating systems and software while others are specific to the application. For example, the macOS Copy command is universally bound to the Command+C keyboard shortcut while the command to open the Script Workspace (Command+Shift+S) is unique to FileMaker.

Finding FileMaker’s Shortcuts

In any application, a menu item will display its key combination to the right of its name. This makes it easy to learn shortcuts gradually, at your own pace for the commands that you use frequently. Each time you move the cursor up to select a menu item, make a mental note of the equivalent key combination.

FileMaker’s website has a sheet available that summarizes all the keyboard shortcuts available for macOS and Windows, available respectively at:


Tip: The fastest way to learn keyboard shortcuts is to stop selecting menu items with the cursor. Instead, use the menu as a reference by peeking at the key combination and then typing it on the keyboard instead of selecting the item.