5.8.2 Editing a Tab

The video tutorial Extract Column, Custom Column Definitions and Dedicated Categories on Youtube will explain how to use dedicated categories.

In order to edit the settings of a tab right-click on the tab to open the context menu. Select the Edit... command. The Tab Settings dialog shown in figure Configuring a tab will open.

Configuring a tab
Configuring a tab

The table Configuration options of a tab describes the settings which can be configured in the Tab Settings dialog.

Configuration options of a tab
Field Description
Label Defines the name of the tab.
Filter Defines the filter expression of the tab.
Options  
Persistent tab To save a tab there are two steps necessary: This check box must be ticked and then the layout must be saved. Tabs that are not marked as persistent are not saved when the layout is saved.
Use tab filter for (important): Let's assume there is a tab with the name XYZ. In order to use the filter expression of the tab XYZ for creating an analyze function or another filter expression the following steps are required:
  1. Tick the check box of the element you want to create in the Tab Settings dialog of the tab XYZ (e.g. New record filter node for a new record filter, etc.).

  2. Close the Tab Settings dialog and set the focus to the tab XYZ in the Log window.

  3. You have to handle analyze functions and filter expressions slightly differently:

  4. Analyze functions: Select a cell in the tab XYZ whose data should become part of the new analyze function's filter expression and right-click to open the context menu where you can select the new analyze function.

  5. Filter expressions: Drag a cell's data, which should become part of the new filter expression, to the Functions tree and drop it at the desired position.

  6. The newly created filter expression combines with a logical AND the data of the cell with the filter expression of the tab XYZ.

New record filter node When ticked a new record filter is generated as described in Use tab filter for. A logical AND is used to combine the tab's filter expression with the filter expression of the new record filter.
New bookmark node When ticked a new bookmark is generated as described in Use tab filter for. A logical AND is used to combine the tab's filter expression with the filter expression of the new bookmark.
New Tab When ticked and a new tab node is generated as described in Use tab filter for. A logical AND is used to combine the tab's filter expression with the filter expression of the new tab.
New color rule node When ticked a new color rule filter node is generated as described in Use tab filter for. A logical AND is used to combine the tab's filter expression with the filter expression of the new color rule.
New graph node When ticked a new graph is generated as described in Use tab filter for. A logical AND is used to combine the tab's filter expression with the filter expression of the new graph.
New Expression When ticked a new filter expression is generated as described in Use tab filter for. A logical AND is used to combine the tab's filter expression with the new filter expression.
Use tab color for new graph node When ticked a new graph is generated as described in Use tab filter for. The tab's color (this is the color used in the Tab list) will be used for the new graph in the Graph window. Otherwise the color of the selected cell will be used for the graph.
Custom tab color Defines the tab color (this is the color used in the tab list).
Use dedicated category A category (represented as folder in the Functions tree) will be dedicated to the tab, i.e. the tab will only be influenced by analyze functions from the dedicated category, the analyze functions of the dedicated category will not have any effects on other tabs and any other analyze functions outside of the dedicated category won't have any effect on the tab. You can specify the name of the dedicated category in the text box. In order to create the dedicated category nodes in the Functions tree you have to execute the command Update Dedicated or Update All which are located in the View/Tab Categories menu.
Use dedicated shared category A dedicated shared category works in the same way as a dedicated category but it is shared among several tabs. You can specify a name for a dedicated shared category in the text box. All tabs which specify the same dedicated shared category name are dedicated to the same category. In order to create the dedicated category nodes in the Functions tree you have to execute the command Update Dedicated Shared or Update All which are located in the View/Tab Categories menu.
Use dedicated graph When ticked and a new graph is generated as described in Use tab filter for. The specified graph window will be used for the new graph. Otherwise the graph window which is specified in the Graph Default Settings menu will be used.

A dedicated and dedicated shared category in the Functions tree are shown in figure Dedicated categories in the Functions tree.

Dedicated categories in the Functions tree
Dedicated categories in the Functions tree

It is not possible to edit the Main tab. Linked tabs can be edited but it is recommended not to change them because they will become custom tabs and the links will be lost. The message box shown in figure A message box that warns that a linked tab will lose its links will be displayed to warn you about this.

A message box that warns that a linked tab will lose its links
A message box that warns that a linked tab will lose its links

If you need to modify a tab which provides a view on a file it is recommended to create an additional custom tab and to work with this tab.