Basic Browser Operations

Learn the basics of working with browsers.

Browsers display information in a Treeview. In Treeviews, collectors such as components or groups appear at the top level of the hierarchy, while collected entities such as elements or surfaces display as "children" nested within the collector to which they belong. Each item in a Treeview is commonly referred to as a "node", regardless of whether it is a Parent Node or a Child Node.

Figure 1. Hierarchy of Entities in the Model Browser

Performing an action on a child node affects only that item, be it a single load or the entire collection of elements in the model, which, in the example above, are collectively a child node of the components parent node. However, performing the same action on a parent node applies it to all children of that node as well. For example, in the image above, turning off the display of elements will not affect the display of connectors, geometry, or components (the parent node of the elements). However, turning off the display of components will turn off the display of connectors, elements, and geometry because they are children of the components node.

Different browsers are customized for usage with regard to the types of parts that you want to work with. However, most browsers have similar basic functionality for sorting, filtering, and finding entities.