As described in The Basics of Views and Configurations there are Config Item views and there are built-in Item views configured via Configure the explorer. This article provides an introduction to the built-in Item views. 


  • Familiarity with SystemWeaver concepts such as Items, Parts and Attributes.  
  • Knowledge of XML.
  • An installation of the SystemWeaver swExplorer client (swExplorer)
  • Assignment of the SW Architect role in the server

A list of all built-in views can be found by navigating to File > Configure the Explorer.

The Configure the explorer pop-up dialog will display the Item views tab when opened. Here, you will find a list of built-in item views. The list can be sorted by any column. You can also use the available Filter tool to filter against the Group and Caption values.

The status of the view is shown in the On/off column. It indicates if a view is activated or not. Views that are set to 'off' are hidden from all swExplorer users. Views set to "on" are viewable for all users.

Note: Some views are activated automatically by a specific item type and those are not indicated in the column.

The Group column shows in which ribbon menu group (if any) the view option will display in the SystemWeaver swExplorer client.

The Caption column shows the display name and the icon of the item view button as displayed in the ribbon. For configurable views, the icon can be changed. 

The Visibility column indicates when a view is available/visible. The availability/visibility conditions can be very complex and are, for some views, configurable. 

Basic views, e.g., All References, Attachments, Overview, etc. will be available for any item and they are indicated by 'sid:B(Base Item)'

Configurable views are indicated by 'configurable'. Configurable views for specific meta model patterns can be edited in XML and example XML can be viewed:

Configurable views can be: 

  • Single instance:  The view can only be instanced once and usually where the instance often has the name of the view.
  • Multi instance: The view can be configured as multiple different views where each instance can have different a name.

If a view is activated by a specific item type, the SID of the item triggering the view will be indicated in the Visibility column. In the below example, the Document menu option will appear on the ribbon and will only display when a user selects an item in the context of a SSRP (Document):

The Name column displays the internal ID for the view as used, for example, in a configuring XML script.

Note: The Config Item views, e.g., charts, grids, graphs, reports, XMLs, are also included in the Item views list in Configure the explorer. However, their configuration is NOT done there. Instead, they are configured directly against a selected item type. 

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