Get Empowered: Browse Projects | Tip #5

By February 22, 2017

Tip #5: Browse Projects: Using View Filters

Subscribe to the Empower Tips BlogIt’s time again to Get Empowered! In the last Tip of the Week, we focused on Empower Chromatography Data Software (CDS), we explored How to Sort and Find Data within Browse Project. In this tip, we’re going to learn how to find information in Browse Project using View Filters.

Let’s get started…

Click the Results Tab in your Empower CDS project. You’ll note that the Filter By is set to Default

From the Filter By drop-down list, select Processed Today.


Empower Software: Filter by Processed Today


The Results table now displays one result, which was processed today.

Empower Software: Results table is displayed


To remove the View Filter click the Filter By drop down list and select Default. The table now displays all of the results as it did when we first opened the project.

Empower Software: Remove the filter


Now let’s build a custom view filter to find a specific sample result by name. Click the Edit View tool.

Empower Software: Go back to default in Browse Projects


In the View Filter editor, enter an operator of = and a value for the sample name in the SampleName field, in this case the name of the sample. The name must be entered exactly as it was originally and is case sensitive. Save the view filter and exit out of the editor.


Empower Software: Custom view filter in Browse Projects


Now the results table displays results for the specified sample.

Empower Software: Choosing a sample name in the View Filter


Now let’s modify the view filter to display results for samples that have a common root name, but are incremented by a number or letter.

Click Edit View and remove the number at the end of the sample name and enter *. Save the change and exit out of the editor.


Empower Software: Resulting table


This instructs Empower Software to display results for any sample name which begins with “PQ Un”, regardless of what follows.


Empower Software: Viewing results with a common root name


The view filters we have described are static, meaning that every time you use the view filter only data meeting the set criteria will be displayed in the table.

What if you want to search for results for samples with different names? Rather than creating a series of static view filters, one for each sample, you can create one view filter that will help you find the results for multiple samples with different names. This is a dynamic or Just In Time View Filter.

In the view filter editor, remove the sample name and enter # as the value. Save the change and exit out of the editor.


Empower Software: Resulting view


When we apply this view filter, we are prompted to enter the sample name for the sample result we are after. Simply enter the name of the sample and click OK.


Empower Software: View filter tips


The results for the sample are displayed.


Empower Software: Filtering by a sample name in View Filter


Every time you click the Update button, you will be prompted to enter the sample name for the next result you are after. This way one view filter does the work of many.

One final note: Each table in Browse Project has its own set of unique filters. Why? Because each table displays different information such as raw data, results, and methods.

Finally, the View Filters tab displays a list of all of the view filters in the project and indicates which table each one belongs to.


Next week in Tip #6, we look at Reviewing Information Linked to a Result.

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