A.0 Main Menu Options

Menu options appear throughout the console. Some options display on the menu bar. Options vary depending on the current view. Right-clicking an element accesses many element-related options. This section lists and defines the available options.

Table A-1 summarizes the options available from the main menu bar for most views.

Table A-1 Standard Menu Options




  • New Browser: Opens a new browser.

  • Change Password: Changes the logon password.

  • Logoff: Logs out of Operations Center and ends the current session.

  • Logoff and Exit: Logs out of Operations Center and completely exits the program.


  • Find: Searches for an element based on specified criteria.

  • For the Alarms view, the Edit option menu includes the following additional options:

    • Select All: Selects all alarms.

    • Deselect All: Deselects all alarms.

    • Pause: Pauses all alarms.


  • B: Displays the previous view.

  • Forward: Displays the next view. Used with B to retrace steps during the current session. Cannot be used when viewing the most recent window.

  • Up One Level: Moves up one level in the hierarchy displayed in the Explorer pane.

  • Home: Selects the top level of the current element’s branch in the Explorer pane.

  • Summary: Changes the view to Summary and displays the child elements of the element selected in the Explorer pane.

  • Portal: Changes the view to Portal and provides a gateway into different areas of information about the selected element. Useful for administrators.

  • Network: Changes the view to Network and displays a graphical representation of the selected element in relation to other elements in the network.

  • Alarms: Changes the view to Alarms and displays a list of alarms for the selected element.

  • Layout: Changes the view to Layout.

  • Performance: Changes the view to Performance and displays graphs of performance data, if available, for the selected element.

  • Chat: Opens a dialog box for communicating with other console users. Console chat is not available for communication with dashboard users.

  • Alarm Window: Opens an independent alarm window for the selected element.

  • Go To Element: Changes the focus of the view to the associated element.


  • Toolbars/Standard Buttons: Displays or hides the standard window buttons.

  • Status Bar: Displays or hides the status bar at the bottom of the console.

  • Explorer Pane: Displays or hides the Explorer pane.

  • Default View: Sets the default view that is opened whenever an element is selected in the Explorer pane. Contains the following suboptions:

    • Specific view name: Aways displays this view by default.

    • Auto-select: Selects a view based on the element type.

    • None: Disables the default view. The view does not change after selecting an element in the Explorer pane.


The Format options vary depending on the selected view. The Layout view has an extensive set of exclusive options.

For more information, see the Operations Center 5.6 Custom Drawing and Layout Guide.

  • Background Color: (Layout view) Provides a color palette for selecting a different background color.

  • Condition/Severity Color: Provides a color palette for assignment to the condition or severity buttons.

  • Fit Columns: (Alarms view) Resizes the Alarms columns based on the longest text string in each column.

  • Query by Recorded Date: (Alarms view) Sorts and displays historical alarm changes using the dates and times when Operations Center recorded the alarm changes. Displays these dates and times in the Record Time column. Available only when alarm history displays in the Alarms view.

  • Restore Defaults: (Alarms views) Resets the view to system defaults.

  • Reverse Alarm History Sort: (Alarms view) Sorts alarm history entries in chronological, descending order (most recent to oldest). The sort order is persistent across client sessions and is unique for each user. When this option is deselected, the default sort order is used: chronological ascending order (oldest to most recent.) Available only when alarm history displays in the Alarms view.

  • Set Font: (Summary and Alarms views) Sets the font size and style for the text displayed.

  • Show Alarm Summary: (Alarms view) Opens a small window displaying the alarm severity colors and the number of alarm totals for each.

  • Show Severity Colors: (Alarms view) Displays severity colors across the row of data.

  • Show/Hide Columns: (Alarms view) Displays or removes columns.


For Element menu options, see Section B.1, Understanding Element Menus.


These dynamic menu options display when the Alarms view is selected. The options vary depending on the adapter type associated with the alarm

For more information, see Section B.2, Understanding Alarm View Menus.


  • New Window: Creates an additional View window.

  • Close Window: Closes the current window.

  • Tile: Arranges open View windows in a side-by-side format to fit within the console.

  • Cascade: Sts open View windows behind the current window.