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Customize Columns

The Specification Manager can display a wide range of properties for the elements in the selected Specification Package, each property being shown in a separate column. Using the 'Field Chooser' dialog, you can customize the display of the columns so that you show as many or as few as you need, in an appropriate sequence. Also, you can add columns to show the values of specific tags used in individual elements or globally across the Package.

Having added the columns you need, you can use full or partial property values in the Filter bar as a means of filtering the display to show only those elements that have property values that match the filters.



Right-click column headings | Field Chooser

Right-click column headings | Toggle Filter Bar

Using the Field Chooser

Drag the column headings that you want to include out of the 'Field Chooser' and onto the header bar, in the position you want the column to occupy in the sequence of column headings. You can drag an existing heading from its current position in the bar to another position in the sequence, including making it the final column.

If you do not want to include a column that is already in the heading bar, drag it up or down out of the bar. It is automatically returned to the 'Field Chooser' dialog.

Using the Filter bar

In the Filter bar, you define a text string that any displayed values in the corresponding column must include.

In the filter field for a column, type the character or string that must form part of the value shown in each row of that column. As you type the string, element rows in the Specification Manager that do not match the filter are hidden from display.

To clear the text in the filter field, click on the green cross at the right of the field.

You can display or hide the Filter bar using either the right-click context menu or | 'Appearance', and selecting the 'Toggle Filter Bar' option.

Add Tagged Value Column

If you want to show the value that any element in the list has for a particular tag, you can add a column specifically for that tag. There are two ways in which to do this:



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Open the Tagged Values window for the element and drag the tag onto the Specification Manager; a new column is added for each tag you drag onto the list.



  • Right-click on the element in the Specification Manager, or
  • Right-click on the column headings

Then select the 'Add Tag Value Column' option; the 'Add Tag Value Column' dialog displays.

Either type the tag name into the 'Tagged Value' field, or select one of the two radio buttons:

  • Global Tagged Values - populates the 'Tagged Value' drop-down list with all global Tagged Values in the project; you can select a Tagged Value that is applicable to a large number of elements
  • Tagged Values from the selected Element -  populates the 'Tagged Value' drop-down list with the Tagged Values defined for the selected element (as listed on the Tagged Values window for that element); select the Tagged Value from this filtered list of tags

When you have selected the required tag, click on the OK button to add a column for that tag to the Specification Manager columns.


  • You can edit the values of the tags in the Tagged Value columns; see Editing Elements
  • The column layout for any added Tagged Value columns is preserved when you close the Specification Manager and re-open it for the same Package
  • You can hide a Tagged Value column by dragging the column title off the header bar - as for any other column - so that the column header is added to the 'Field Chooser' dialog
  • You can remove a Tagged Value column altogether by right-clicking on the column header and selecting the 'Remove Tag Value Column' option

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