List Windows

List type windows are found throughout Fusion and are used to work with information that Fusion has stored for you. There are many aspects of using these lists which are the same for every window and which, if you use it, can save time. This page describes these features.

Window Layout

All lists that have their own window will have the following parts:

Typical List

Working With Lists


When you want to work with a row, you need to select it (some people call this highlighting) to create a selection. To select a row, click on it. When you click on another row, it will be selected and the previously selected row loses its selection. To select multiple rows, click the first one to select it and then Shift-Click the last one. All rows between the two will also be selected. This is called a contiguous selection. A non-contiguous selection is one where multiple rows are selected, but they are not necessarily next to each other. To do this, Control-Click (Command-click on Mac) rows and each will become part of the selection. If you Control-Click a row that is already selected, it will lose its selection. To select all the rows displayed in the list, make sure the list has the focus and type Control-A (Command-A on Mac). Using combinations of the above rules makes it easy to create any kind of selection you want. Note that this is the same way that all lists work on your computer, even outside of Fusion.


You can sort a column by clicking on its header. This will sort the column in ascending order. If you click the same column header a second time, it will sort in descending order. If you have an advanced sort set up, clicking a column header will clear the advanced sort and just sort on the clicked on column. Note that some columns cannot be sorted and clicking on their headers will do nothing.

You can resize a column by clicking between two column headers and holding the mouse button down while you drag left or right. You can also move columns to new positions by clicking in the column header area and holding the mouse down while you drag the column to the new position.

If you Right-Click a column header, Fusion will give you a choice of things to do on that column. For example, if you Right-Click on a numeric column header, you can have Fusion calculate the average for the entire column or for the selected rows. When you do this, the result will be displayed in a dialog and copied into the clipboard.

Advanced Views

When you resize or reorder columns, the changes are only active until you close the window. However, Fusion will allow you to create advanced views which can be saved for future use. To create an advanced view, click the gear button and select Advanced View → Open Window which opens the Advanced View window. See the Advanced View Window topic for more information. (The other options under the Advanced View option of the gear button are simply shortcuts to the same functions described in the Advanced View Window topic.)

We strongly recommending taking the time to create a saved view for the different situations you will be in when you look at a list. For example, the Animal list has many columns and it can take time to scroll horizontally looking for the columns you are interested in. (It also slows the server down a little bit for each extra column you are displaying.) If you often look at the carcass data columns, you will want to create a saved view with just the carcass columns and a handful of others that identify the animal. When you are looking at implant information, you will want to use a saved view that mostly only shows the implant related columns. The same would go for health data and so on. Each view you save is available to everyone at your place.

Searching A List

There are two ways of searching or filtering a list and they work together. The first is the search field which looks like this: search field. The second is by using the Advanced Find window. When you have search criteria in both places, Fusion adds them together, further restricting the search.

Search Field

On the left of the search field is a magnifying glass (magnifying glass). If you hover your mouse over it, a help tip will pop up and tell you what field the search field is currently searching against and what kind of search it is performing. If you click the magnifying glass, you can choose a different field and search type. At the bottom of this menu are options which allow you to set the current search parameters as the default ones when you personally or anyone else (globally) first open the window. This works the same way as for the Advanced Views, so if Fusion's default field to search on is not what you usually want, you should change it to a more common one.

With the correct field and search type chosen, you can enter what you want searched for in the main part of the search field. Depending on what type of field you are searching, this part of the object will change. For example, Fusion will recognize a date field and allow you to enter dates just like in other date fields in Fusion, including all the shortcuts and popups. After you have entered what you want to search for, either tab out and hit the Enter key and Fusion will perform the search. If the search will take some time, a progress bar will be shown.

On the right of the search field is the clear button (magnifying glass). When you click it, the search field is cleared. If you Alt-Click (Command-Click on Mac) it, both the search field and the advanced search are cleared.

Advanced Find

To open the Advanced Find window, click the Advanced Find menu button or choose Advanced Find → Open Window from the gear button. If you prefer the keyboard, you can also hit Control-F (Command-F on Mac) to open the window. See the Advanced Find Window topic for more information on this window. (The other options under the Advanced Find option of the gear button are simply shortcuts to the same functions described in the Advanced Find Window topic.)

Advanced Sort

Earlier, sorting a list by clicking on column headers was explained. You can also perform more advanced sorts with the Advanced Sort window. To open this window, click the Advanced Sort button in the Menu Button Bar or through the gear button. See the Advanced Sort Window topic for more information on this window. (The other options under the Advanced Sort option of the gear button are simply shortcuts to the same functions described in the Advanced Sort Window topic.)

Advanced Print

Fusion has a powerful reporting engine which is available from the Advanced Print button in the Menu Button Bar. This opens a window where you can choose previously reported reports, create new reports, or print and export reports. See the Advanced Print Window topic for more information.

Child Windows

Child windows is a really powerful concept that allow you to quickly find information that would normally only be found in specialized printed reports. The idea is that you can open another list window whose content is dependent on what is selected in the parent window. For example, if you were looking at the Lot Center window, you might open the Animal list window as a child window. Then, whenever you select a different lot, the Animal list window will automatically only show animals that belong to that lot. Similarly, you could open the In Cohort list window as another child window and only in cohorts that belonged to the selected lot would be displayed. Thus you can have several windows all working together to show pertinent information. It even works when you select more than one row in a list. The child windows will then show anything that belongs to the combined rows in the parent window.

To open a child list window, use the gear button and choose Open Child Window and then choose the child window you want. Different windows have different child windows available, depending on what is logically related. You can open more than one child window and you can open child windows from child windows to any depth you want. When you look at the documentation for a list window, all possible child and parent windows will be listed.

Once a child window is open it behaves exactly the way it normally would except that it is restricted to only showing information related to what is selected in its parent window. In other words, you can still sort, print, search, etc. within that one constraint.

You can also use child windows to visualize what inline reports will look like. In fact, the inline report functionality is based on the same idea as child windows.

Multiple Instances of a List Window

Sometimes in can be helpful to have the same window open multiple times, each showing information in a different way. Or maybe you are working with information in a window and need to quickly look up something different in the same window but you don't want to mess up your current search/sort/etc. If you hold down the Shift key when you choose the window from the menu bar, Fusion will open another instance of the window. You can open as many instances as you like and they all behave completely separately from each other.

List Windows On Touch Screens

Fusion detects when it is on a touch screen and automatically changes some of the buttons and other objects related to what has been explained above to make it easier to use on a touch screen. Loading saved views, doing advanced searching and sorting, for example, are still easy to use on a touch screen.


The following shortcuts apply to most of the list windows:

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