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Model Explorer: Contents Pane

Contents Pane Tabs

The Contents pane displays one of two tables containing information about models and charts, depending on the tab that you select:

  • The Contents tab displays an object property table for the node that you select in the Model Hierarchy pane.

  • The Search Results tab displays the search results table (see Search Using Model Explorer).

Optionally, you can also open a column view details section in the Contents pane. The following graphic shows the Contents pane with the column view details section opened.

To open the column view details section, click Show Details, at the top of the Contents pane.

The Column view details section provides an interface for customizing the column view (hidden by default).

The Object property table section displays a table of model and chart object data (open by default).

Data Displayed in the Contents Pane

In the object property table section of the Contents tab and in the Search Results tab:

  • Table columns correspond to object properties (for example, Name and BlockType).

  • Table rows correspond to objects (for example, blocks, and states).

The objects and properties displayed in the Contents pane depend on:

  • The column view that you select in the Contents pane

  • The node that you select in the Model Hierarchy pane

  • The kind of object (for example, subsystem, chart, or configuration set) that you select in the Model Hierarchy pane

  • The View > Row Filter options that you select

For more information about controlling which objects and properties to display in the Contents pane, see:

Link to the Currently Selected Node

The Contents of link at the top left side of the Contents pane links to the currently selected node in the Model Hierarchy pane. The model data displayed in the Contents pane reflects the setting of the Current System and Below option. In the following example, Contents of links to the vdp model, which is the currently selected node.

Horizontal Scrolling in the Object Property Table

The object property table displays the first two columns (the object icon and the Name property) persistently. These columns remain visible, regardless of how far you scroll to the right.

For example, the following image shows the initial display of the object property table for the vdpvdp model. The ParamDataTypeStr column is too far to the right to be displayed.

The next image shows the results of scrolling to the right. The icon and Name columns remain visible, but now you can see the ParamDataTypeStr column.

Working with the Contents Pane

The following table summarizes the key tasks to control what is displayed in the Contents.

TaskDocumentation
Control which kinds of objects to display.Using the Row Filter Option
Search within the selected set of objects.Search Using Model Explorer
Specify a set of properties to display based on the kind of node.Control Model Explorer Contents Using Views
Group data based on unique values in a property column.Grouping by a Property
Manage views (for example, save and export a view).Managing Views
Add, remove, or rearrange columns.Organize Data Display in Model Explorer
Edit object property values.

Editing Object Properties

Editing Object Properties

To open a properties dialog box for an object in the Model Hierarchy pane, right-click the object, and from the context menu, select Properties. Alternatively, click an object and from the Edit menu, select Properties.

You can change modifiable properties in the Contents pane (for example, a block name) by editing the displayed value. To edit a value, first select the row that contains the value, and then click the value. An edit control replaces the value (for example, an edit field for text values or a list for a range of values). For workspace variables that are arrays or structures, you can use the Variable Editor. Use the edit control to change the value of the selected property.

To assign the same property value to multiple objects in the Contents pane, select the objects and then change one of the selected objects to have the new property value. An edit control replaces the value with <edit>, indicating that you are doing batch editing. The Model Explorer assigns the new property value to the other selected objects, as well.

You can also change property values using the Dialog pane. See Model Explorer: Property Dialog Pane.

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