Page tree

Layers window

Layers offer a practical way to adapt the level of detail displayed in your Graphical View without actually having to place objects into or delete them from the Graphical View.

Assigning an object or a link to a particular Layer enables you to view those objects or links by activating the Layer. Thus you could assign all your server-side objects to one Layer and all client-side objects to another. Activating the appropriate Layer will display those objects assigned to that Layer. Activating all the Layers will display all the objects and links.

For more detailed information about using and working with Layers, see the Notions section.

Layers window


  • A check mark next to the Layer item in the View menu indicates that the window is already displayed.
  • Three default layers will be displayed in the Layers window. These are explained in more detail here.
  • If you want to hide the Layers window:

    1. Click View > Layer
    2. Repeat the process to re-display the window
    3. You can also click the close icon in the top right-hand corner.
  • By default, the window will be "docked". However, you can move the window to a different location should you require:

    1. Double-click anywhere in the title bar -  this will "undock" the window and you will then be able to move it as normal.
    2. The window has other "docked" positions which can be used by moving the window until its outline changes shape and then releasing the mouse button, or you can double-click in the title bar to restore the "docked" position.

Shortcut menu items

Menu name Icon Shortcut Description
Set current -   Sets the selected layer as the Active Layer.
Edit - Return Displays the Layer Properties dialog box enabling you to rename a layer you have created.
Create Layer Ins Adds a new layer called "New Layer".
Drop Layer Del Removes a layer you have created

Layer Properties dialog box


This dialog box displays the properties for a selected layer (right click a layer and select Edit to launch it - not available for default layers).

Name This text box displays the name of the Layer. If you want to rename the Layer, enter the name you require (This operation is NOT possible for the default layers Default, Belongs To, and Escalated).
Visible Selecting the Visible option is identical to selecting the Layer in the Layers Window (selecting its check box). 

It displays all the object(s) and link(s) assigned to that Layer in the Graphical View. Clearing the option will remove that Layer (and all associated objects and links) from the Graphical View.

Semi-Transparent This option is useful if you want to distinguish or "hide" certain groups of objects.

If you select the option and then click OK, all the names of all the objects associated to that layer will change color (from blue to gray).

See Also


CAST Website

  • No labels