Creating accounts
You can create accounts for every individual who accesses a file, or create fewer accounts that are shared among many individuals, such as a “Marketing” account and a “Sales” account. You must assign a privilege set to each new account. See About accounts, privilege sets, and extended privileges.
To create an account:
Choose File menu > Manage > Security.
The Manage Security dialog box appears. The Accounts tab lists the accounts defined for this file.
Click New.
In the Edit Account dialog box, for Account is authenticated via, choose FileMaker.
For information about accounts managed by an external server, see Creating accounts that authenticate via an external server.
Tip  If you plan to create accounts for individual users, you may want to base each account name on the User Name defined in the Preferences dialog box. This User Name is the default account name that appears in the dialog box that prompts a user for an account name and password. The user won’t have to re-type the account name if it matches the User Name.
For tips on specifying a password, see Tips for creating account names and passwords.
Note  In most cases, an account that is shared by multiple users should not force a password change upon first login. Instead, you should specify a password and provide it to the users that need it. Also, the privilege set for a shared account should not permit password changes because one user could change the password and lock out all other users who share the account. See Editing other privileges.
For Account Status, choose whether you want the account to be active or inactive.
For example, you may want to keep the account inactive until you finish setting up its privilege set or temporarily make an account inactive. Users cannot open a database using an inactive account name and password.
For Privilege Set, choose the privilege set you want to use with this account.
You can choose an existing privilege set, or choose New Privilege Set and create a new one. See Creating new privilege sets.
For Description, enter a description of the account (optional).
If you’ve finished working with accounts and privileges, click OK. In the dialog box that appears, enter an account name and password that is assigned the Full Access privilege set, and click OK.
Passwords are case-sensitive. For example, if you specify a password as zFootBallz2, FileMaker Pro will not accept zfootballz2. When you’re entering a password for an account, make sure the Caps Lock key on your keyboard is not inadvertently enabled.
Account names are not case-sensitive. For example, if you specify an account name as Chris, the account user can successfully open the file by entering chris or CHRIS as the account name.