Navigating through most windows

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Table of Contents | Finding Your Way Around | Navigating through most windows | Shortcut Keys

In the ADempiere Menu Tree, clicking on or activating any item that has the Window icon (image:Icon_mWindow.png) will open a window that will display data in a table.

Most windows are organized the same way in ADempiere. At the top of the window is a tool bar of icons that are common across all Windows. The main panel shows a form with tabs on the left. The tabs represent sets of hierarchical data: parent and child records if you will. Each subordinate tab will show records related to the record currently selected/viewed in the parent tab.

Moving between records and switching between tabs allows you to go through huge amounts of data without having to backtrack as much. When you move between records or tabs, whatever data you have entered is automatically saved. In each tab, the data can be displayed as a spreadsheet where you can see many records at once or as a form showing one record at a time.


The details of the various toolbar icons follow:

Icon Function Description
Image:Icon_Undo24.png Undo Reverts any changes made to the record since the last save. Enabled if there are changes to be saved.
Image:Icon_Help24.png Help Opens a help dialog where the field descriptions and help text are displayed.
Image:New24.png New Creates a new record. Fields colored red are mandatory. They turn blue once data has been entered.
Image:Icon_Delete24.png Delete Deletes the current record.
Image:Icon_DeleteSelection24.gif Delete Selection Opens a dialog Listing all the records in the current tab. You can select all or a subset of these for deletion. It is helpful to use the Search function to limit the number of records.
Image:Icon_Save24.png Save Saves any changes to the current record. Saves are made automatically any time you move from record to record, tab to tab or close the window.
Image:Icon_Refresh24.png Requery Requery the records. If a Lookup has been applied the search criteria will be still be active. Requery is useful if another process or user has added or changed the information in the table since the window was opened.
Image:Icon_Find24.png Lookup Lookup records in the current tab. There is a basic search based on common fields and an advanced search where complex queries can be developed. See Lookup functionality for more information.
Image:Icon_Attachment24.png Attachment Every record can have a file and/or notes added to it. See Attachment for more info.
Image:Icon_Chat24.png Chat Chat allows users to keep a series of timestamped notes on the current record.
Image:Icon_Multi24.png Multi View A toggle to switch from form view to a multi-record spreadsheet style view.
Image:Icon_MultiX24.png Form View A toggle to switch from the multi-record view to a single-record view.
Image:Icon_History24.png History Show the history for the selected record.
Image:Icon_Home24.png Home Brings the main window to the front of the desktop. Useful for people with messy desks.
Image:Icon_Parent24.png Parent Record Move up to or towards the parent tab of the current tab. Doesn't jump tabs.
Image:Icon_Detail24.png Detail Record Move down to the next tab.
Image:Icon_First24.png First Record Move to the first record in the current tab.
Image:Icon_Previous24.png Previous Record Move to the previous record in the current tab.
Image:Icon_Next24.png Next Record Move to the next record in the current tab.
Image:Icon_Last24.png Last Record Move to the Last record in the current tab.
Image:Report24.png Report Create a report based on the current record.
Image:Icon_Archive24.png Archive View archived reports or documents for the current record. See Archived Documents for more information.
Image:Icon_PrintPreview24.png Print Preview Preview the defined print layout. See Printing and Print Preview for more information.
Image:Icon_Print24.png Print Print the defined print layout. See Printing and Print Preview for more information.
Image:Icon_ZoomAcross24.png Zoom Across Zoom to related records in other tables. For example, zoom to payments from invoices. See Zoom Across for more information.
Image:Icon_WorkFlow24.png Workflow Opens the Workflow Process Window. See Workflow for more information.
Image:Icon_Request24.png Check Requests Check or create Requests for service. See Request for more information.
Image:Icon_Product24.png Product Info Open the Product Info page where information concerning a product's pricing and availability can be displayed. See Product Info for more information.
Image:Icon_Cancel24.png Exit Close the current window. The window's state is saved and if the window is reopened in the same session, the record and tab last viewed will be displayed.
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