Navigating the Workspace - Informatica

When you view or edit repository objects in the workspace, complete the following tasks to navigate the workspace easily:

  • Search for columns or ports.
  • Resize repository objects.
  • Zoom in or zoom out of the workspace.

Search Tools

The Designer includes the Find Next and Find in Workspace tools to help you find columns or ports in repository objects or strings in the output window.

Find Next

Use the Find Next tool to search for a column or port name in:

  • Transformations
  • Mapplets
  • Source definitions
  • Target definitions

With the Find Next tool, you can search one object at a time. You cannot search multiple objects at the same time. Use Find Next in each Designer tool. Select a single transformation or click in the Output window before performing the search.

The Designer saves the last 10 strings searched in the Find Next box on the Standard toolbar.

To find a column or port name:

  1. Select the transformation, mapplet, source or target definition, or click the Output window.
  2. Enter the text you want to search in the Find box on the Standard toolbar. For example, you might enter add to locate an address column.
  3. Tip: The search is not case sensitive.

  4. Click Edit > Find Next, click the Find Next button, or press Enter to search for the string. The Designer finds the first occurrence of the search string.
  5. Tip: You can also press F3 to search for the string.

  6. Press Enter again to search for the next occurrence of the search string. The Designer searches each port or column name in the transformation and wraps to the top of the transformation until it finds a match.

Find in Workspace

You can search for a string in the Save, Generate, or Validate tabs in the Output window. The Find in Workspace tool searches for a field name or transformation name in all transformations in the workspace.

The Find in Workspace tool lets you to search all of the transformations in the workspace for port or transformation names. You can search for column or port names or table names matching the search string. You can specify whether to search across all names in the workspace, or across the business name of a table, column, or port.

You can also choose to search for whole word matches for the search string or matches which match the case of the search string.

To find a column, port, or transformation name in the workspace:

  1. In a Designer tool, click the Find in Workspace button, or click Edit > Find in Workspace.
  2. The Find in Workspace dialog box opens.
  3. Choose to search for field names or table names matching the search text.
  4. field names or table names

  5. Specify the search string in the Find What entry field, or select a search string from the list.
  6. The Designer saves the last 10 search strings in the list.
  7. Specify whether you want to look for matches to the search text among all names or business names.
  8. Findin Works pace

  9. Specify search criteria.
  10. Find in Work space

  11. Click Find Now.
  12. All matches appear in the table at the bottom of the Find in Workspace dialog box.
  13. Click Close.

Iconizing and Restoring Workspace Objects

Each Designer tool displays different objects in the workspace. You might view source definitions, target definitions, transformations, mapplets, or entire mappings, depending on which tool you have open. The Designer can display repository objects in the following forms:

  • Normal. The Designer displays the information in each object in columns. The Designer displays objects normally by default.
  • Iconized. The Designer reduces objects to a named icon. You might iconize objects when working with large mappings. You can view descriptions associated with iconized objects by holding the pointer above the icon.
  • Zoom. The Designer changes the magnification level of the normal and iconized objects in the workspace when you use the zoom feature. You can apply magnification levels from 30 to 100 percent in 10 percent increments.

Iconizing Workspace Objects

You can iconize objects in the workspace.

To iconize workspace objects:

  1. Select the object in the workspace.
  2. To select more than one object, Shift-click or Ctrl-click multiple objects. You can also select multiple objects by clicking Edit > Select All or dragging a rectangle around those objects.

  3. Click Layout > Arrange All Iconic.

Tip: You can also right-click and select Arrange All Iconic.

Restoring Workspace Objects

You can restore iconized objects to normal size.

To restore iconized workspace objects to normal size:

  1. Select the object.
  2. To select more than one object, Shift-click or Ctrl-click multiple objects.

    You can also select multiple objects by clicking Edit > Select All or dragging a rectangle around those objects.

  3. Click Layout > Arrange.

Tip: You can also restore an object by double-clicking the iconized object or right-clicking the object and selecting Arrange.

Arranging Workspace Objects

You can display specific pipelines in the Mapping Designer.

To display specific pipelines in the Mapping Designer:

  1. Click Layout > Arrange.
  2. Select pipelines by target.
  3. You can select the Iconic option to display arranged pipelines in iconized form.
  4. Click OK.

Zooming the Workspace

You can zoom in and out of the workspace. Use the toolbar or the Layout menu options to set zoom levels. The toolbar has the following zoom options:

  • Zoom in 10% on button. Uses a point you select as the center point from which to increase the current magnification in 10 percent increments.
  • Zoom out 10% on button. Uses a point you select as the center point from which to decrease the current magnification in 10 percent increments.
  • Zoom in based on rectangle. Increases the current magnification of a rectangular area you select. Degree of magnification depends on the size of the area you select, workspace size, and current magnification.
  • Drop-down list. Maintains the center point of the workspace and sets the zoom level to the percent you select from the list.
  • Scale to fit. Scales all workspace objects to fit the workspace.

The Layout menu has the following zoom options:

  • Zoom Center. Maintains the center point of the workspace and zooms in or out by 10 percent increments.
  • Zoom Point. Uses a point you select as the center point from which to zoom in or out by 10 percent increments.
  • Zoom Rectangle. Increases the current magnification of a rectangular area you select. Degree of magnification depends on the size of the area you select, workspace size, and current magnification.
  • Zoom Normal. Sets the zoom level to 100 percent.
  • Scale to Fit. Scales all workspace objects to fit the workspace.
  • Zoom Percent. Maintains the center point of the workspace and sets the zoom level to the percent you choose.

When you add objects to a workspace, the Designer uses the magnification level of the other objects. The Designer saves the zoom level for each Designer tool in a folder when you exit.

Viewing the Workspace

You can maximize the workspace window by clicking View > Full Screen. You can see the Standard toolbar and the Transformation toolbar when you are in full screen view. The full screen view hides the menu, the Navigator and Output windows, and the title bar. To use the menu when you are in full screen view, point anywhere on the top of the screen to show the menu.

To go back to normal view, click the Close Full Screen button or press Esc.


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