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File Manager Right-Click Menu

Right-clicking in the right pane of the File Manager displays the functions listed in Table 1

Table 1: File Manager Right-Click Menu Functions




This menu is equivalent to double-clicking a file. This option allows you to open a highlighted directory or file. The actions are different for directories, specification files, and non-specification files:

  • A directory: Displays the contents of the directory in the right pane.

  • A specification file: Loads the specification file into the program and opens up the network model.

  • A (non-spec) file: Launches the Text Editor where you may edit the file.


Opens the file in NorthStar Planner’s text editor to allow you to directly edit the file. Refer to Text Editor.


Allows you to create new directories and text files in the current path. Refer to File Manager New Command.

Spec File

Contains all functions related to the NorthStar Planner specification file (spec). From this submenu, you can choose options to load, modify, or create new specification files. Refer to File Manager Spec File.

Copy File to Client

Allows you to copy the selected file(s) from the server to the local client.

Open With Report Viewer

Enables you to view certain files in a table-like format. Refer to Open With Report Viewer .

Open With Report Master

Enables you to view multiple reports in one window where the left pane includes the report name and the right pane includes the report contents. Refer to Open With Report Master .

Open With Report Editor

Enables you to edit entries in the reports.

Archive (tar)

Zips files or directories into a tar file.

Compress (gzip)

Compress and zips files into a gz file.


Allows you to change the view of the file listing in the right pane of the File Manager. Most of these selections can also be found in the view icon’s drop-down selection menu of the toolbar. Refer to File Manager View.


Updates the directory and file listing

Add to Favorites

Adds file or directory to the Favorite Links list.


Stores the selected file(s)/folder(s) in memory until you paste the files in a different location. Once you paste them in a different location, the selected file(s) are deleted.


Copies files and/or folders highlighted in the File Manager window.


Places files or folders that were last cut or copied into the directory currently open in the File Manager.


Renames the highlighted file or directory.


Removes highlighted files or directories.

The New command allows you to create new directories and text files in the current path. Note that when creating new files or directories, the you must have write permission to create files in that directory.

Table 2: File Manager New Command Functions




This creates a new directory. When selected, you are prompted to enter the name of the directory to be created.

Plain File

This creates a new plain text file in the current directory. When selected, NorthStar Planner prompts you for a file name. Once the name of the file is entered, the program brings up the text editor for editing the new text file.


This creates a file with tables using comma separated format. It’s recommended to save the file extension as .csv.

Backbone data

This creates a template for backbone data files: muxloc, bblink, demand, nodeparam, site, group, graphcoord, owner.

Cost files

This creates a template for a tariff file. Tariff files include: usercost, usercountrycost.

Control files

This creates templates for the following NorthStar Planner files: fixlink, linkdist, nodeweight, rsvbwfile.

Report Files

This creates templates for new report files. You can add five types of report files: NorthStar Planner report master, main only, main and row detail, main and column detail, and main and cell detail. The NorthStar Planner report master is similar to the Report Manager in that it allows you to view more than one report in an organized structure. Main only report files show only the main table, while the other reports show both the main table and detailed information of each row, column, or cell.