3.3 Log Window

The video tutorial Layout Creation Wizard on Youtube will also explain how to change columns settings.

The Log window displays the log records to be analyzed. The Log window consists of tabs which provide different views on the log records. What is shown in a a tab depends on the used analyze functions (filter expressions, etc.). The Log window always consists of a Main tab which is a common view on all opened log files. Other tabs display e.g. log records belonging to a certain file or log records of a certain log type. In the figure there are three tabs: the Main tab displaying all files, a tab showing log records from the file “COS.LOG” and a tab showing log records from the file “SIN.LOG”. All tabs are listed in the Tab list. Select a tab in the Tab list to set the focus to this tab.

The Log window displays preprocessed information from log records, e.g. labels are used instead of hexadecimal codes. In the Log window a table is used to display logs records. A row represents a log record. A column contains information of a certain type, e.g. a timestamp, the type of a log record (error, warning, info), etc. Information of a certain type from a specific log record is displayed in a graphical element called cell. Open the View menu and select Gridlines to display lines between the rows and the columns.

Configuring Columns

In order to change the properties of a column you can either use the context menu or the View menu. Right-click on a column to open the column's context menu. In the context menu you can make the following settings listed in table Column configuration.

Column configuration
Command Description
Visible When ticked the column is visible in the Log window.
Align Right When ticked the data of the column is right-aligned, otherwise it is left-aligned.
Type Selects the type of the data that the columns contains. You can select String, String case-insensitive, Float or Integer. The data type is important when sorting the data of a column. Example: Sorting a column which only contains numbers is done differently for the data types Integer and String.
Color Rule Assigns a color to a column by creating a color rule. See Color Rules for more information.
Select... You can select a color from the Color Rule dialog.
Random Ascolog Insight will randomly create a color for the column.

In the Log window you can also change the width of a column by dragging the column separator (the black vertical line between two column headers) to a different position. In order to change the order of columns drag the column headers to different positions.

Configuring columns settings
Configuring columns settings

You can see all available columns in the View/Columns menu. In this menu you can select a column to make it visible or invisible. A column which is ticked is visible. When you select View/Column Settings... the dialog shown in figure Configuring column settings will open.

Select a column and use the Arrow keys to move a column to a different position in the Log window. The order of the rows in the Columns Settings dialog reflects the order of the columns in the Log window. If you changed the order of the columns press the Restore button to restore the original order. If the changes are fine press the OK button to save them, press the Cancel button to reject any changes. Press the Reset button to undo the changes made to the previously modified column.

Select a column and press the Edit button to change the settings of a column. This will open the Column Settings Edit dialog shown in figure Editing column settings. You can basically make the same settings as in the column's context menu but you can additionally change the width, which is given in pixels, of a column.

Edit column settings
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Press the OK button to save the changes or press the Cancel button to discard any changes.

Log Record Selection

In the Log window the currently selected log record is displayed in blue. It is only possible to select the complete content of a cell. A cell is selected when the mouse hovers over it, the background color will change to light gray. In the Details window it is possible to select any part of a log record.

You can use the Toggle Selection command from the Views menu to toggle the selection between the selected log record in the Log window and its file in the Files window.

Plain Text

The Log window displays processed information (e.g. meaningful descriptions instead of hexadecimal codes). However, sometimes it is useful to see the original content of a log file. You can achieve this by selecting a log record and by opening the Plain Text dialog. In order to open the Plain Text dialog (see figure Plain Text dialog) open the View menu and select the Plain Text... command or press the Show Plain Text toolbar icon. The log record which is selected in the Log window (blue background color) will also be selected in the Plain Text dialog (orange background color). Another possibility to open the Plain Text dialog is to use the context menu. Right-click on a cell and select Plain Text... from the context menu. The log record which was selected by right-clicking on one of its cells will be marked with an orange background color.

Plain Text dialog
Plain Text dialog