Configuring Designer Options - Informatica

You can configure how the Designer displays general information, tables, and tools. The Designer lets you specify display options including the background color of the tools, the organization of the navigator window, and the font used in different tools. You can also specify other options such as whether the Source Analyzer imports primary keys. Some changes require you to restart the Designer to apply the changes. The Designer warns you if you need to restart the program.

You can configure the following options in the Designer:

  • General. You can configure general display options, XML import, file directories, and the organization of the Navigator window.
  • Tables. You can configure the columns, size, and behavior of table definitions.
  • Format. You can configure the color, font, and other format options of Designer tools.
  • Debug. You can configure display and TCP/IP options of the Debugger.
  • Web services. You can configure backward compatibility and WSDL creation options for the Web Services Hub.
  • Miscellaneous. You can configure the available functions for the Copy Wizard and checkouts.

Configuring General Options

You can configure general options for the Navigator window, the Display window, and directories.

To configure general options:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. You can configure the following general options:
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Configuring Tables Options

You can configure the columns, size, and behavior of table definitions.

To configure table definition options:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Click the Tables tab.
  3. From the Tables list, select the repository object you want to configure.
  4. The Columns section lists available display parameters for each repository object. Use the up and down arrows to change the display order of the columns.

  5. You can configure the following options for the selected object type:
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    Some options on the Tables tab are disabled, depending on the tool that you select to edit. Click Reset All to revert to default setting for this tab.

  7. Repeat steps 3 to 4 for each repository object type you want to configure.

Configuring Format Options

You can configure the color, font, and other format options for each tool in the Designer.

To configure format options:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. To apply a color theme, click Select Theme.
  4. In the Workspace Colors section, select a Designer tool from the Tools menu to configure the workspace colors.
  5. Select a workspace element, and click Color to change the color of the element.
  6. Elements in the Workspace Colors section depend on the tool that you select to configure. You can configure the color of the following elements:

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  7. In the Caption Colors section, select an object type from the Tables menu to configure the title bar text and background colors.
  8. You can configure the following colors:

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  9. In the Fonts section, select a component of the Designer from the Categories menu to view or change its font.
  10. The Current Font field shows the font of the currently selected Designer component. Click Change to change the display font and language script for the Designer component selected in the Categories menu. You might want to do this if the PowerCenter Client code page is different from the source file code page.

Using Color Themes

Use color themes to quickly select the colors of the workspace elements in the Designer tools. When you apply a color theme, you update the colors of the workspace elements in all the Designer tools collectively. You can choose from the following standard color themes:

  • Informatica Classic. This is the standard color scheme for workspace elements. The workspace background is gray, the workspace text is white, and the link colors are blue, red, blue-gray, dark green, and black.
  • High Contrast Black. Bright link colors stand out against the black background. The workspace background is black, the workspace text is white, and the link colors are purple, red, light blue, bright green, and white.
  • Colored Backgrounds. Each Designer tool has a different pastel-colored workspace background. The workspace text is black, and the link colors are the same as in the Informatica Classic color theme.

After you select a color theme for the Designer tools, you can modify the color of individual workspace elements. Changes that you make to individual elements do not appear in the Preview section of the Theme Selector dialog box.

To select a color theme for the Designer tools:

  1. In the Designer, click Tools > Options.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. In the Color Themes section of the Format tab, click Select Theme.
  4. Select a theme from the Theme menu.
  5. Click the tabs in the Preview section to see how the workspace elements appear in each of the Designer tools.
  6. Click OK to apply the color theme.

Configuring Debug Options

You can configure Debugger display and TCP/IP options on the Debug tab.

To configure Debug options:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Click the Debug tab.
  3. You can configure the following options for the Debugger:
  4. Configuring Debug Options

Configuring Web Service Options

You can configure web service options on the WebService tab.

To configure web service options:

  1. Click Tools > Options
  2. Click the WebService tab.
  3. You can configure the following options for web services:
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Configuring Miscellaneous Options

You can configure Copy Wizard and versioning options on the Miscellaneous tab.

To configure Miscellaneous options:

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Click the Miscellaneous tab.
  3. You can configure the following options:
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