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User Interface

The screenshot below features the most important elements of the LDAP Administrator user interface. Circled in red are the areas for you to hover with the mouse to see a description for each of them displayed just above the screenshot. Click the circle for the item details.

Each of the application Toolbars contains a set of commands and adjustment tools represented by iconed buttons. You can easily access with the mouse.
The Scope Pane represents a hierarchical structure of the application items available to user. Using the Scope Pane, you can browse the tree-like structure and perform various operations like editing or moving elements - just like the way you do with folders in Windows Explorer.
The List View is a default application result pane, which displays standard element properties like name, value, type, size, and associated icons.
In the HTML View tab, you can see contents of the selected element as a regular HTML page, like as if you saw it in your web browser.
When you're looking to find something in an LDAP directory fast, it's recommended you use the Quick Search Bar. Located just above the application's result panes, the Quick Search tool is easy to access at any time you might need it.
Groups are containers for server profiles and other groups, but they can also include some other application elements. They are used to organize profiles and other elements in a hierarchical structure, just like folders on your file system.
Profiles provide all the information necessary to establish a connection to an LDAP server, to properly browse its directory structure and to perform various operations with the directory content.
An Entry is a basic entity which the Directory Information Tree (DIT) consists of. It contains various sorts of object data.
LDAP referrals are used to partition and distribute the directory information tree between multiple directory servers.
An attribute is a named set of values of a particular type. It is what an LDAP Entry is composed of.
A naming context is a special kind of RootDSE attributes used to describe top-level entries of an LDAP server. By default, LDAP Administrator represents such attributes as entries in order to facilitate the browsing process.
Use the List View header to sort items displayed in the view in ascending or descending order by any of the categories appearing as column titles.
The Output Bar collects and displays various kinds of messages generated by the application components.
The Task Indicator keeps track of all the background tasks currently performed by the application.
The Principal Indicator displays a principal currently authenticated to the directory server that LDAP Administrator communicates with.
You can add LDAP entries to the Basket from different subtrees of various LDAP servers to manage them collectively.
The Schema Status Indicator displays the progress of fetching schema of the selected directory.
The SSL Status Indicator displays whether or not your current connection to the directory server is secure.

Menu Bar

The Menu Bar is a horizontal bar that is located at the top of a window just below the title bar and contains menus. Menus, in turn, are comprised of application commands classified by category. All of them are easily accessible using either a mouse or keyboard.

ToolBar

A toolbar is a frame or special area that contains a set of easily accessible controls and adjustment tools of the same category. Apart from being represented by iconed buttons, the commands on a toolbar can also accommodate edit boxes and drop-down lists. With all of the default toolbars customizable, there's also room for users to create their own.

Scope Pane

The Scope Pane represents a hierarchical structure of the application items available to user. Using Scope Pane, you can browse the tree-like structure and perform various operations like editing or moving elements - just like you do with folders in Windows Explorer. Scope Pane items include Groups, Profiles, Entries and others.

An item displayed in the Scope Pane is usually a container for other elements. –°licking the plus sign will expand a container to display all of its contents, while the minus sign is used to collapse one.

Result Pane

When you click an element in the Scope Pane, it's the Result Pane which displays its view. The way the element is represented depends on the view mode currently activated for the pane. The two view modes LDAP Administrator has to offer are the List View and the HTML View.

List View

This is the default view mode for the LDAP Administrator Result Pane, which is very similar to the standard Windows view. It displays a selection of items, each comprised of an icon, name, value, type and size, split into columns. Information displayed in the Result Pane List View can be sorted in ascending or descending order by any of the categories appearing as column header titles.

By default, the List View information is not sorted and displayed 'as is'. As soon as a column gets sorted, its header takes on the sorting indicator.

HTML View

The HTML View displays contents of the selected element as a regular HTML page, like as if you saw it in your web browser. The main advantage of the HTML Pane is that, in contrast to the List View, it provides a fully customizable representation of the information an element contains.

Output Bar

The Output Bar collects and displays messages generated by the application components. A message can be a piece of information, a warning, an error and a hint. It is especially useful when troubleshooting problems. For your convenience, error and warning messages have associated icons to highlight important issues in terms of the application behavior. below, there are a few advanced options for using the Output Bar.

Customizing Output Bar

You can specify what kind of messages you'd like the Output Bar to collect. To customize the message filter, open the drop-down list provided on the Output Bar toolbar and either select or deselect the Messages, Warnings and Errors checkboxes featured.

Using Bookmarks

Bookmarks are used to store and retrieve certain items from message lists.

To add or remove a bookmark, click the Toggle Bookmark button on the Output Bar toolbar. The bookmarked messages will then have an icon displayed next to them.

To navigate between bookmarks, use the Next Bookmark and Previous Bookmark buttons on the Output Bar toolbar.

To remove the entire set of existing bookmarks, click the Clear All Bookmarks button on the Output Bar toolbar.

View Message Details

Some messages sent to the Output Bar contain additional information associated with them. To display this information, press the View Details button on the Output Bar toolbar.

Basket

You can add LDAP entries to the Basket from different subtrees of various LDAP servers to manage them collectively. For more information about the Basket, see the Using Basket section.

Quick Search

Quick Search is an easy-to-use tool to search for entries based on a keyword or phrase expected to be a part of their attributes. LDAP Administrator displays search results in the same view with the selected entry by adding a special search node as its child. This means you can sort, see properties and otherwise change the way results are represented, just as you do for any other tree elements of the application. For more information about Quick Search, see the Using Quick Search section.

Task Indicator

The Task Indicator keeps track of all the background tasks currently performed by LDAP Administrator. When the application is in the middle of some background task, the indicator displays the progress icon to inform you of the fact. Clicking the indicator will display a list of tasks currently in progress, some having a stop button next to it. Use this button to stop a thread being executed.

Principal Indicator

Displays a principal currently authenticated to the directory server LDAP Administrator communicates with.

Schema Status Indicator

Schema status indicator displays the status of the LDAP server's schema.

SSL Status Indicator

Displays an SSL status for your LDAP connection to the item currently selected in the Scope Pane. If the connection is established via a secure (SSL) port, you'll see the icon displayed; otherwise - the icon.

Progress Dialog

The Progress dialog is displayed when the application is in the middle of a lengthy operation like connection to a server or authentication. It shows the current status of an operation in progress and also allows to abort execution at any time by pressing the Stop button.