This page details the features of the toolbar within the main window.

If you are interested in getting to know the features of the grid within the main window, please go here.
If you want to know about the log file chooser window, please go here.

Here is a picture of the toolbar:
Full toolbar
(Click on it to see a full-sized image.)

This is indeed quite wide. If you don't have enough monitor real estate, you can resize the window and the toolbar will adjust itself: some parts become a narrow button that reveals the hidden part when clicked.
The smallest toolbar looks like this:
Smallest toolbar

Clicking on the 'Time' button shows the Time part, like this:
Toolbar with Time part, overlaid

Let's go through each part of the window:

Open log file You can add other files in the list view. The log file chooser dialog also allows you to replace the current log display by new files.

Save You can save the current contents of the list view in a text file, with the same SharePoint format that you know and love. You could even read it back with this or another ULS viewer.

Show which columns to display Choose which columns you want to see in the list view. This is remembered for future sessions.

Include message filter You can quickly filter the list of log entries by entering some text here. Only entries whose message contains this string (or match the pattern if you go for a regular expression) are then shown. The last 10 strings are remembered through the drop-down list.

Include correlation filter Similarly, you can quickly display only entries whose correlation ID are in this text box.

Exclusion filters The previous two text boxes allowed you to define what should be displayed. This button manages what is NOT displayed. Go here for the details. In short, it lets you define string or regex that filter out the log entries. When filters are active, the button caption is changed.

Find This is a case-insensitive search for message text. It is not a filter (i.e. it does not influence what is displayed). Type Ctrl-F to quickly reach the text box. Use F3 and Shift-F3 to search again, forwards and backwards, respectively.

Timeline The timeline is a useful tool to get an overview of the activity in the log. It displays a color map of a given field in the log entries.

Timeline in action For example, enable the timeline on the level field and you can quickly view error messages in red in the timeline. Hover in the timeline zone and a tooltip gives more details. You can also click and the log display will scroll to the corresponding entry.

Auto-refresh If you are analyzing the current log file of a live system, you can have new entries automatically read in. This is inactive by default. You can also choose to have the display scroll to the end when new entries appear.

Colors If you want to highlight some entries, the Deobfuscator supports setting the text or background color of an entry that matches some conditions. Go here for all the gory details.

Time interva This part shows the time interval of the log file(s) and allows concentrating on a time interval. Enter a time, select the number of seconds, minutes or hours, click on 'Apply Now' and only this time interval is displayed. If the timeline is being displayed, select a part of it and click on 'Show selected timeline' to "zoom" on the selection. Note that if auto-refresh is activated, new entries are NOT filtered out. After having restricted the displayed time interval, get back to showing everything by clicking on 'Show all'.

Last edited Mar 4, 2012 at 10:20 PM by jmpirelli, version 13


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