User interface: Navigator pane

About the navigator pane

The left pane of each workbench is a navigator pane that displays all defined objects to which you have access. Each object type is represented by a node that can contain child objects.

In the Topography and Administration workbenches, objects are not contained in Folders and are listed in the navigator pane on a single tab.

In the Integration-Services workbench, objects are contained in Folders. The upper part of the left pane displays the set of WorkFolders to which you have authorized access. For details see the About Folders topic.

The lower part of the Integration-Services navigator pane displays a set of Axway product-specific tabs, and, depending on the Axway products you installed, may also display a Infrastructure tab. The Infrastructure tab displays:

  • Topography objects in read only mode
  • Applications
  • Channels
  • Integration-Services-Diagrams
  • Templates
  • Lists

In the case of the Transfer CFT and Messaging Enablers, all objects are displayed on the same tab: the Infrastructure tab.

The navigator pane displays object names in gray if they belong to a parent Folder of the current WorkFolder.

What the navigator pane shows

The following table lists the objects displayed on the navigator pane for each workbench.


Navigator pane


In the Administration workbench, the navigator pane displays:

  • Folders
  • Users
  • Groups


In the Topography workbench, the navigator pane displays:

  • Topography
  • HostGroups
  • Hosts
  • Servers
  • CommNetworks
  • Topography Templates


Objects in the Integration-Services workbench are stored in Folders. The navigator pane in this workbench displays all Topography objects in read only mode and all objects defined in the selected WorkFolder. For details see the Folders topic.

The lower panel of the Integration-Services displays a Infrastructure tab that is available for all Axway products.

The Infrastructure tab displays the following objects that are common to all Axway products:

  • Integration-Services-Diagrams
  • Applications
  • Channels
  • Partners

In addition, the lower panel displays tabs specific to the Axway products installed with Composer.

Hierarchical view and Dictionary view

The navigator pane provides two views:

Hierarchical View

The hierarchical view displays objects in a tree structure that corresponds to the Topography object hierarchy. For example, Servers are attached directly to a given Host. Hosts are attached to a given HostGroup, and so on. The hierarchical view is an image of the Topography and is dependent on the current Environment.

Dictionary view

The Dictionary view displays objects by type. A node is displayed for each type of object (Partner, Application, and so on).

In the Topography workbench, the Dictionary view displays a node for the following objects:

  • CommNetworks
  • Hosts
  • Servers
  • Topography Templates
  • Topography Lists
  • TopographyDiagrams

In the Integration-Services workbench, the Dictionary view displays a node for the following objects:

  • Partner
  • Application
  • Integration-Services-Templates
  • Integration-Services-Diagrams
  • Axway product-specific objects

Note: In Integration-Services, each dictionary node displays the objects in the selected WorkFolder. In Topography, each dictionary node displays the objects in the selected Environment .

Filtering the tree structure display

Expanding and collapsing nodes

When a node in the navigator pane contains child nodes, a cross is displayed next to the node.

Click the cross to expand the node and display the sub-nodes.

Use the icons at the top of the navigator pane to modify the display and expand or collapse the tree structure nodes.


  • to expand the selected node, so that all child nodes of the selected node are displayed.
  • to collapse the selected node.
  • to expand all nodes, so that the navigator pane displays all child nodes for all nodes.
  • to collapse all nodes, so that the navigator pane only displays the first level of all nodes.

Filtering objects

In some cases, you may have a considerable number of objects to display in the navigator pane, which makes it difficult to find objects quickly. In addition, the number of objects displayed in the navigator is currently limited to 1000, so any objects that exceed the one thousandth object are not displayed at all. In this case, a red cross indicates that the limit is exceeded. To reduce the number of objects displayed, Composer provides a Filter button.

Select a node, for example Host, and click to filter the set of Host objects displayed. In the Filter dialog box, enter one or more characters in the Name field. You can use the wildcard character * in the filter string. Optionally, select the Case-sensitive option to make the search case-sensitive.

The filtered nodes are displayed in blue. If the result of the filter still exceeds the maximum number of objects (1000), Composer displays the filter in red: .

To remove the filter, click and deselect Filter.

In the Dictionary View, you can also filter the objects:

  • By servers
  • By status

By default, the filter is set to All.

Using the Go to button

To go directly to a specific node, select a parent node. Click in the left pane to display the Go to dialog box. Enter the name, or part of the name, of the child node you want to access in the Go to field. You can enter one or more characters. For example, if you enter a single letter A, the search goes to the first child node whose name begins with A.

Note: the search criteria is case-sensitive.

Click Next to display the specified node. The Go to search mechanism only searches the first level of child nodes in the hierarchy.

Refreshing the navigator pane display

Several users can access the same WorkFolder or Environment simultaneously. This means that if you modify an object, your modifications may have an impact on other objects in the same WorkFolder if a dependency link exists between the objects.

To enable you to see the latest, most up-to-date version of objects in the database, Composer provides a Refresh button.

Click in the navigator pane toolbar to refresh the navigator pane display. Composer updates the entire tree of objects, including nodes in the tree structure that are not currently open.

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