Object Explorer

The object explorer is the main tool of Object Manager Advanced. It combines the functionality of the classic Object Designer available in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV development environment with various additional functions that help you work on objects. The object explorer also provides shortcuts to analysis tools of Object Manager Advanced and offers a summary of work that you perform over objects in the database. This chapter describes the basic functions that you can perform over objects in the object explorer and explains how to use the object explorer for export and import. The chapter also introduces you to object marking and locking and describes the object modification tools available in the object explorer. The use of analysis tools and standalone features available in Object Manager Advanced will be described in subsequent chapters.
Object Explorer
Object Explorer

Basic Functions

The object explorer retains the basic functions of the object designer in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV development environment - creating, designing, compiling and running objects. To perform these functions, Objects > Object Explorer use the respective buttons in the Object group on the Home tab of the ribbon.

Basic Functions
Basic Functions

  • To create an object, select an existing object of the desired type and then click New . The development environment will open with the corresponding object type designer window.
  • To design an object, select the needed object and then click Design . The object will be opened in design mode in the development environment.
  • To compile or run an object, select the needed object and then click Compile or Run , respectively.

Export and Import

Using the object explorer, you can perform export and import of objects in various formats.

Export

The object explorer offers the following options for exporting objects:

Exporting Objects
Exporting Objects


To use these options, select one or more objects that you want to export and go to the Actions tab of the ribbon; in the Export/Import group, click Export and then click the appropriate item:
Export FOBExport selected object(s) to a .fob file.
Export Text FileExport selected object(s) to a .txt file.
Export SplitFOBExport each of the selected objects to a separate .fob file.
Export Split Text FilesExport each of the selected objects to a separate .txt file.
Export Object Properties FileExport properties of the selected object(s) to a .obp file.

More info: Properties
Export Captions FileExport captions contained in the selected object(s) to a .txt file.

More info: Translations
Export Fields FileExport fields of the selected table(s) to a .fld file.

More info: Compare Fields
Export Text File in NAV 3.6 Format..Export Text File in NAV2017 FormatExport selected objects to a .txt file for the corresponding version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
Export Data as FABExport selected objects to a .fab file

More info: Action Worksheet

When you click an item, the program will prompt you to browse to a location and provide a name for the resulting file.

Import

From the objects explorer, you can initiate import of objects contained in a single file or in several files stored in a directory. To do this, go to the Actions tab of the ribbon and in the Ex-/Import group, click Import File or Import Directory, respectively. The program will prompt you to browse to the needed file or directory; when you do so, the import objects worksheet will be opened, and you can proceed to perform the import.