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Using the Explore Panel

You can use the 'Explore' panel to navigate the repository and explore its contents. Most repositories will contain thousands - if not tens of thousands - of elements, and having tools to navigate through and locate items of interest is critical when working in the repository. There are a number of Browsers that are tree views, showing the hierarchical relationships of Packages (folders), elements, diagrams, features, resources, views, items and more. Other tools help you to search for and locate elements, diagrams and Packages regardless of their location.

Available Facilities

Facility

Description

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Browser

Click on this icon to redisplay the Project Browser, if you have previously closed or hidden it.

The Project Browser

Navigator

Click on this icon to display and hide the Navigator bar, which helps you to navigate the hierarchy of Packages in the repository using a textual breadcrumb control, showing you the current Package location. The Navigator bar is usually anchored underneath the Ribbon, but you can move it around freely and anchor it to other areas of the workspace.

Navigator Toolbar

Search

Click on the drop-down arrow to display this selection of search facilities that you can use to locate objects in the model, or code in source files.

  • Search in Model - display the Find in Project view, which provides access to the full range of standard and customized searches in your project
  • Search in Project Browser - search the Project Browser for specific elements, which you identify using the 'Find in Project Browser' dialog
  • Search for Diagram - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with the Diagram Details search to locate diagrams of a specific name or type
  • Search for Package - display the Find in Project view, pre-loaded with the Find Package search to locate Packages of a specific name or type
  • Browse for Diagram - locate and select a specific diagram using the 'Select a Diagram' dialog, which shows the full hierarchy of Packages that contain diagrams
  • Browse for Package - locate and select a specific Package using the 'Find Package' dialog, which shows the full hierarchy of Packages in the model
  • Search in Source Files - locate and open source files having specific characteristics, using the 'Find in Files' dialog
Model Search Search in Files

Model Views

Click on this icon to display the Model Views window, which you can use to capture information on the objects in your model from different perspectives that you define yourself, and to present that information in a number of ways including as a slide show of diagrams.

Model Views

Element Browser

Click on this icon to display the Element Browser window, which you can use to review and manage a wide range of properties of a selected element.

The Element Browser

Resources

Click on this icon to display the Resources window, through which you can manage and apply a wealth of resources to support your modeling work, including shortcuts, templates, Patterns, Profiles, stylesheets and MDG Technologies.

Resources

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