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Device Navigator

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Displaying and Sorting the Project Data in the Device Navigator ............3
1.1

Hierarchical sorting of project data............................................................3

1.2

Tabular sorting of project data ..................................................................4

Filtering Project Data in the Device Navigator ...........................................7


2.1

Activate filter .............................................................................................7

2.2

Deactivate filter .........................................................................................8

Editing Project Data in the Device Navigator .............................................9

Creating an Unplaced Function in the Device Navigator ........................10


4.1

Create a function with a new device .......................................................10

4.2

Create a function for an existing device ..................................................13

Deleting Unplaced Functions.....................................................................17

Placing a Function Regardless of Page Type...........................................19


6.1

Place functions........................................................................................19

6.2

Select a different symbol.........................................................................21

6.3

Define the position and place the symbol ...............................................22

Placing a Function Depending on Page Type ..........................................23

Showing a Graphical View of the Placed Function ..................................25

8.1

Activate graphical preview ......................................................................26

8.2

Jump to component ................................................................................27


Inserting Project Data into the List of Search Results ............................29

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Displaying and Sorting the Project Data in the


Device Navigator

You can configure different views for project data. In the process, the project data is
sorted hierarchically or in tabular form.
Project data > Devices > Navigator.

1.1

Hierarchical sorting of project data

1. Select the Tree.


tab.
The project data is displayed as a hierarchy according to structure identifier
or device identifier.

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1.2

Tabular sorting of project data

1. Select the List tab.

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2. Select Popup menu > Configure columns.
In the Column configuration dialog all of the properties are displayed that
you can in turn use as column names.

3. To select a property as a column name, select the check box in front of the
property.

4. To define which property is to be displayed in the first column of the list view,
first select the desired property.

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(Move up) as many times as necessary until the property is at
5. Then click
the top of the list.

6. Click [OK].

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Filtering Project Data in the Device Navigator

You can use a filter to display a portion of the project data. You can use filters in both
the tree and list views. Defined filters are stored on a per-user basis.
Precondition:
You have defined a filter.
Project data > Devices > Navigator.

2.1

Activate filter

1. In the Filter field select a filter.

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2. Select the Active check box.
EPLAN displays a portion of the project data.

2.2

Deactivate filter

1. Deselect the Active check box.


EPLAN again displays the entire project data.

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Editing Project Data in the Device Navigator

You can edit the project data properties in the device navigator.
Project data > Devices > Navigator.
1. In the Tree or List tab, select a function / device.

2. Select Popup menu > Properties.


The Properties <...> dialog opens. The name of this dialog depends on the
device you have selected to edit..

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Creating an Unplaced Function in the Device


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You can create a function by selecting a function definition. In the device navigator
you can create a function with a new device or a function for an existing device. The
new function is not placed in the schematic.
Precondition:
You have opened a project.
Project data > Devices > Navigator.

4.1

Create a function with a new device

In this procedure, you create a function in connection with a new device.

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1. Select Popup menu > New.

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2. Select a function definition in the Selection field of the Function definitions
dialog.
The function definition data is shown in the Attributes and Connection
point data tabs.

3. To obtain a preview of the symbol, in the Attributes tab, select the Basic
symbol preview check box.

4. Click [OK].

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5. In the Properties <...> dialog select the <Function category>.
tab.
In the Displayed DT field, the visible device tag of the selected device is
displayed.

6. Enter a new displayed DT and click [OK].

7. Press [F5] to refresh the view.

4.2

Create a function for an existing device

In this procedure, you create a function for an existing device. No new device is
created.
1. Select a device.

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2. Select Popup menu > New.

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3. Select a function definition in the Selection field of the Function definitions
dialog.
The function definition data is shown in the Attributes and Connection
point data tabs.

4. To obtain a preview of the symbol, in the Attributes tab, select the Basic
symbol preview check box.

5. Click [OK].

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6. In the Properties <...> dialog select the <Function category> tab.

7. To accept the same device for the function, click [OK].

8. Press [F5] to refresh the view.

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Deleting Unplaced Functions

In the device navigator you can only delete functions that aren't placed. You can
recognize non-placed functions by the icon.
Preconditions:

You have opened a project.

You have created a non-placed function.

Project data > Devices > Navigator.


1. In the Tree or List tab, select a non-placed function.

2. Select Popup menu > Delete.

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Placing a Function Regardless of Page Type

With the device navigator you can place each function as many times as you like on
a page. In the process, it does not matter if the function has already been placed, is
unplaced, or is of a different representation type. Specify the representation type
when you place a function. The specified representation type does not depend on the
type of page on which the function is placed.
Preconditions:

You have opened a project.

You created a function in the device navigator.

You have opened a symbol library.

You opened a symbol library.

Project data > Devices > Navigator.

6.1

Place functions

When you are placing, the first suitable symbol from the symbol library is used, or the
symbol that you have allocated to the function.
1. Select a function.

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2. To place a function multi-line, select Popup menu > Place > Multi-line.

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3. To place a function single-line, select Popup menu > Place > Single-line.

4. To place a function as an overview function, select Popup menu > Place >
Overview.
The symbol hangs on the mouse pointer.

6.2

Select a different symbol

1. To select a different symbol, press [Backspace].

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2. Select the desired symbol from the Symbol selection dialog and click [OK].

6.3

Define the position and place the symbol

1. To define the symbol position, press [Left arrow], [Right arrow], [Up arrow],
or [Down arrow], or use the mouse.

2. To place the symbol, press the left mouse button.

Tip:
You can place the function using Drag & Drop, by dragging a highlighted function
from the navigator onto your open page in the graphical editor. The function's
representation type is automatically chosen independent of the page type.

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Placing a Function Depending on Page Type

When you drag a function straight from a navigator into your graphical editor, the
function's representation type is automatically chosen regardless of the page type.
EPLAN automatically adjusts the function to the open page type.
Precondition:
You have opened a navigator and a graphical editor
1. Select your desired function in a navigator.

2. Keep the mouse button pressed and pull the element from the navigator into
the graphical editor.

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EPLAN tells you if you can insert the function by indicating this with the
mouse

3. Release the mouse button.


The function hangs on the cursor.

4. Position the cursor and click the left mouse button.


EPLAN adapts the function to your page type, regardless of the function's
representation type in the navigator.

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Showing a Graphical View of the Placed


Function

With the quick overview tool in the device navigator, you can show the position of a
placed function in the schematic. Once a device is selected, all components
belonging to this device are displayed in the quick view. If the functions are placed in
several pages, EPLAN displays all associated pages in nested form.
Precondition:
You have placed a function in the schematic.
Project data > Devices > Navigator.

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8.1

Activate graphical preview

1. Select a device.

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2. Activate the menu items View > Graphical preview.
In the Graphical preview dialog, EPLAN displays the schematic page(s)
on which the associated devices are placed.

8.2

Jump to component

In the device navigator you can jump straight to the placed function in the schematic.
1. Select a device.

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2. Select Popup menu > Go to (graphic).
EPLAN opens the schematic page in the graphical editor and positions the
cursor on the component.

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Inserting Project Data into the List of Search


Results

You can insert project data from the device navigator into the search results list. In
this manner you can select specific devices in the graphical editor.
Project data > Devices > Navigator.
1. Select one or more devices.

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2. Select Popup menu > Insert into list of search results.

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3. Select Find > Show results > Results List 1 tab.
The project data is displayed in the search results list.

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