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Opening the Navigator
To launch the Navigator:
- Locate the table you want to start the navigation from in the Databases tab tree,
- Double-click the table node to open its Object View tab,
- Select the Navigator sub tab.
The Navigator tab has two parts: a graphical view and a data grid. Initially, the graphical view shows just the selected start table, and the data grid shows the data for the start table.
The data grid is of the same type as you encounter in other parts of DbVisualizer, such as in the Data tab, but extended with a Related Table list and a Tag button.
Data navigation in DbVisualizer means following table relationships declared by Primary and Foreign Keys, using a unique key value. In the example schema shown in the screen shots in this section, there is a table named
DEPARTMENTS with a primary key named
DEPARTMENT_ID. Another table named
EMPLOYEES has a foreign key constraint, declaring that values in its
DEPARTMENT_ID column refer to primary key values in the column with the same name in the
Every time you select a node in the graph, the data grid is updated to show the corresponding data. The grid settings for one node are independent of the settings for another node. For instance, if you define a filter for one node, the filter is only associated with the grid for that node.
Adding Context Information to the Graph
The navigation node always shows the key columns and their values, but sometimes you may want to add other columns to the node to better describe what it represents. This is called tagging the node. There are two ways to do so: drag and drop cells from the grid to any node, or use the Tag button in the grid toolbar to tag the currently selected node with the currently selected cells in the grid.
To drag and drop cells to a node, select one or more cells in the grid. With the left mouse button pressed and the mouse positioned over one of the selected cells, drag the cells over a node in the graph and release the mouse button. The cells are added to the node.
Alternatively, you can select the cells in the grid and click on the Tag button () to add the cell values to the currently selected node.
Arranging the Graph
As you add navigation cases, you may find that you need to move nodes around, remove selected nodes, zoom and move around in the graph, etc.
You can rearrange the layout of the graph by selecting a node and, with the left mouse button pressed, drag it around. The arrow and its label move with the node.
The toolbar for the graph offers a number of tools to help you with other tasks
To get a larger graph display area, you can put the Overview control in a separate window. Just uncheck the Docked checkbox.
Exporting and Printing the Graph
You can also export the graph to an image file or print it. Use the corresponding toolbar buttons to do this
Opening the Navigator from the Data tab
Sometimes, you may realize that you want to analyze the relationships for a table when you are working with it in the Data tab. If you have configured the Data tab to show only filtered data, sorted in a specific way, etc. opening the Navigator tab and making all the same configurations there may be a bit of a hassle. A more convenient way is to just pick Show in Navigator in the right-click menu in the Data tab. It opens the table in the Navigator tab with all the same configurations as you made in the Data tab.