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File Manager Report Viewer Window


To display reports that are generated by the system, right-click in the right pane of the File Manager window and select Open With > Report Viewer. The Report Viewer window is displayed as shown in Figure 1. The Report Viewer window provides quick access and a uniformed and organized way of viewing these reports. To view a report, you must select a file that is in the NorthStar Controller report format. To customize the columns displayed, right-click the column header and select Select Columns.

Figure 1: Report Viewer Window
Report Viewer Window

Table 1 describes the functions you can access from the toolbar at the top of the Report Viewer window.

Table 1: Report Viewer Window Functions




Display information such as the Software Release, Compilation Date, Customer, Platform, OS, Report Date, Runcode, User, and Delay Unit.

Multiple Sort

Sort the rows by two columns, a primary column and a secondary column. It also allows you to select Ascending or Decending for the primary and secondary columns.


Restore the default settings for columns.

Select Columns

Save a copy of the report containing only the currently filtered entries.

Menu Icon

From the menu icon, you can select Edit, Select Columns, Show All Columns, Reset the Column Order, Auto Fit All Columns, Save Whole Report to Client, Save Filtered Report to Client, Convert Report, Export to Excel, Print, and Help.

Convert Report saves the report in XML, CSV, or HTML format to a file on the server machine. Save Whole Report to Client saves the report to a file on the client machine.

The Search, Advanced Search, and Page Setup icons are identified in Figure 2.

Due to the length of some reports, the Report Viewer only displays a portion of the report in the viewer window. You can set how many lines to display by clicking the Page Setup icon to display the Page Setup dialog box. With the jump-to buttons, you can jump to the beginning and end of the report. You can also move forward or back. Clicking the Search icon searches the current table for the text entered in the Filter field.

Figure 2: Report Viewer Toolbar
Report Viewer Toolbar

For more complex searches, click the Advanced Search icon to display the Advanced Filter window as shown in Figure 3 . The query is entered in the text field at the top of the window. The panels on the bottom are provided for convenience in selecting keys, relations, and boolean operator.

Figure 3: Advanced Filter Window
Advanced Filter Window

The Search Preference options provide useful functions as described in Table 2.

Table 2: Advanced Filter Window Search Preferences

Search Preferences


Exact Match

Allows you to match exactly the string entered.

Match Substring

Allows you to match to a subset of the strings entered.

Wildcard *and ?

Allows the use of wildcards in the search string.

  • When the asterisk (*) character is used in the search string, the system matches any text.

  • When the question mark (?) character is used, the system matches any single character.

Regular Expressions

Allows special characters and other expressions to be entered as search strings. This is the same as regular expressions in Unix.

The Report Master allows you to view multiple reports. The Report Master window is shown in Figure 4. The Report Master is similar to the Report Manager. It provides quick access and a uniformed and organized way of viewing multiple reports without having to open a network first. To open the Report Master window, you must select a file that is in Report Master format.

Figure 4: Report Master Window
Report Master Window

The Report Master files do not contain any actual reports. Instead, the Report Master files reference existing reports and place them into an organized tree structure. The following is the format of a Report Master file:

To edit a report, select the report file in the File Manager window, right-click, and select Open With > Report Editor. The Report Editor window is displayed as shown in Figure 5.

The Report Editor allows you to perform basic editing functionality on CSV files. Click a cell to edit the value.

Figure 5: Report Editor Window
Report Editor Window

Right-click a cell for more options to edit rows and columns.