The Windows Properties dialog box is used to set up the 'look and feel' of the individual window. Here various tabs and sub tabs allow you to format the data presentation, add titles, define colors and fonts plus much more. In addition, facilities are available to add a range of options, such as, Drill-downs, Links and Commands.
The Windows Properties dialog box is accessed in one of the following ways:
When creating a new Display, select theicon on the Windows tab of the Display Properties dialog box. This will initially open the Data View Definition dialog box, which after completion will return to the Windows Properties dialog box.
With a Display active in the Workspace right-click on the required window, then select Properties from the context menu.
The function of each tab and sub tab is described below.
Used to customize the way that data fields are shown in a Display window. It provides a list of the record field names and metafiles that have been added to the window, through the Data View Definition dialog box, and allows a range of display parameters to be set. The facility is also provided to create "User Defined Fields” which can be used to replace data values with meaningful text. See Data Field Format and User-Defined Fields for further details.
The sort function allows you to specify the sorting criteria on tabular windows. Although this option is also available for chart windows, the sorting is only performed on the chart legends. See Display Sort/Total Criteria for further details.
Custom Legends can be placed on charts to make them more meaningful by providing a clearer description of each color code being used for displayed data. They can also be used in tables to provide heading text for the configured data rows. See Display Custom Legends for further details.
The default chart type is tabular. However, this can be changed on this tab to show the data in a 2D or 3D area, bar, column, line, or pie chart. Charts can show data from one or more nodes and can combine data across nodes. See Display Chart Types for further details.
Allows for a descriptive title text to be added to the window. See Display Titles for further details.
This tab is used to turn on or off various chart and table attributes, such as the caption bar, the status bar, Legend (charts only) and 3D effects. It also permits various options for grid lines and scroll bars including the option for them not to be displayed. See Display Preferences for further details.
If a theme has been attached to this Display, you can use this tab to apply an individual window theme if one is available, otherwise the default is "Standard". You can also turn off the window theme, by selecting "[None]" and set the colors and fonts for each component yourself. See Themes and Display Colors and Fonts for further details
The Visual Alarms tab is used to assign a Where Clause and color-coding to specific data fields in a window. This allows for alerts to be shown by set colors when the associated Where Clause condition is met. See Visual Alarms for further details.
The Series option allows for data lines in graphs to be colored according to pre-selected global or theme colors, or colored according to pre-defined Where Clause conditions. See Data Series Colors for further details.
The Axis tab allows you to choose how the X and Y axis display on the chart. This tab is not available for Tabular or Pie chart types. See Display Chart Axis for further details.
This tab is used to set the chart time preferences. This includes setting the time mode to GMT, relative, local or data time and whether date and time are shown or date only. See Display Time Preferences for further details.
This tab is used to set up links from this Display to another. Links are shown as underlined text on a Display window and are usually created to provide access to more detailed or associated data. See Display Links for further details.
Drill-downs are similar to Links; however, they are placed on to individual data fields within a chart. They allow direct access to further Displays that show extended levels of information on the data field selected. See Drill-downs for further details.
This tab allows for pre-defined Prognosis or User Commands to be added to the context menu of this window. This provides quick access to various Commands that have specific applications to the data being collected. See Commands from Displays for further details.
The notes tab provides a free format text area where a description of the window, its functions or any associated information can be added.