Grouping Items in Lists

FlexNet Manager Suite 2021 R1 (On-Premises)

You can easily create groups within existing lists.

You create groups by choosing a visible column to group by. For example, you might decide to group a list of licenses by Publisher. When you do this, the list changes to show a heading for each publisher, with a count (in brackets) of how many records are inside the group. Using the + icon on the left of each group heading, you can expand each heading to list the individual rows within the group.

You can also create groups within groups, building up a hierarchy. In this case, expanding the first level heading exposes the second level headings, along with their counts. You can continue expanding until you get to the list of individual rows in each sub-group.

Groupings are 'sticky' — if you set up groups on a list, navigate away to another page and then come back to this list, your groupings are still visible. Of course, groupings are unique to each operator account.

To manage groups:

  1. Above the list, towards the right, click the grouping icon ().
    A new grouping area appears above the column headers. It displays Drag a column header here to group by that column.
  2. Using your chosen column header, click and drag into the grouping area.
    When two small arrows appear at the left end of the grouping area, you can drop the column header. The screen refreshes to show this column header in the grouping area, and the list is replaced with all the group headers, with the number of records in each group following in brackets.
    Tip: You can reverse the sort order of the group headers by clicking on the column header shown inside the grouping area. (Independently, you can also sort the rows within each group using the other column headers that are not in the grouping area.)
  3. To add a sub-group, drag up a second column header. Drop the column header when the little arrows appear at the preferred left-to-right position in the grouping hierarchy.
    This means you can determine the order of your hierarchy as you go. For example, if you have already grouped by Publisher, your next drag-and-drop can make the hierarchy Publisher/Compliance status, or Compliance status/Publisher, depending on where you drop the second Compliance status column header.
    Tip: You can also drag grouped column headers into a different order within the grouping area, switching the hierarchy around.
    Note: When you add sub-groups, the parent group header still shows the total count of all the individual rows contained in all its sub-groups (it does not show the count of sub-groups it contains, but the summed counts of all their members).
  4. To display the individual members of a group, click the + expander at the left end of the group heading. Click the same spot to hide the member rows again.
    Tip: When some individual rows are visible and others are hidden in their groups, the "Select visible" check box in the left-most column header does not affect any hidden rows. It acts only on visible rows.

  5. If space is at a premium in your display, you may hide the grouping area (control) by clicking its icon again.
    This icon shows and hides the grouping area control. It does not turn grouping on and off inside the list.
  6. To remove grouping from a list:
    1. Ensure that the grouping area is visible (if not, click the grouping icon again).
    2. Drag a column header out of the grouping area, and drop it in the position in the table header row where you want this column to reappear.
      Indicator arrows appear to show where the column header will be inserted when you release the mouse button.

    3. If you have multiple groups, repeat this action for each column header until all are cleared out of the grouping area.

FlexNet Manager Suite (On-Premises)

2021 R1