Custom Views: Personal & Shared

Custom views let you add or remove information displayed in a record's profile tab. 


Default view and exports


Customized view and exports

Custom views may be used to replace default columns on the following Profile tabs in Slate:

  • Schools
  • Scores
  • Jobs
  • Interests
  • Sports
  • Gifts
  • Pledges
  • Planned Giving
  • Query


Customize a Personal View

You can create personal views that are only visible to and selectable by the user who configures them. This will modify the exports, filters, and sorts for the affiliated tab on all records. To create a personal view with custom columns:

  1. Select the Profile tab from any Person record.
  2. Select the appropriate tab from the right-hand menu.
  1. Click the Customize View icon at the bottom of the table.


  1. Click the Copy Preset icon to the right of the view list. A browser pop-up appears.

    Note: The default view can be modified by skipping this step and the next.
  2. Enter a name for the new Custom View. Click OK and select your new custom view from the list.
  3. Select the desired Exports for the view's column headers. Edit the exports for further refinement (for example, to control the format mask for dates).


  1. Click the Save Preset icon to the right of the view list.
  2. Click Update.


  Why can't anyone else see my views?

Personal views are user-specific. Other Slate users in your institution will not be able to see personal views you created. To have other Slate users see a view you created, configure a Shared View (discussed in the next section).


Adjust a view's column widths

A custom column width may be set by entering the desired number of pixels or percentage. Within a view, double-click an export or click edit. In the Edit Part window, you'll see a field called Display Width. Enter a width in pixels or percent, then click Save. 




Filter a View

Your view might contain more data than you need to see at the moment. Add filters to narrow the number of export rows to what's relevant to you. To filter a view: 

  1. Select the Profile tab from any Person record.
  2. Select the appropriate tab from the right-hand menu.
  3. Select the Customize View icon at the bottom of the table.
  4. Select Filter to add one or more direct or extended filters to the view. 
    • For example, an alumni record's Giving tab might display 40 years of their giving history with your institution. In this case, it might be prudent to filter for only those gifts made in the past five years. See below:

      Unfiltered View Filter Configuration Filtered View
  5. Save your filter(s).
  6. Select Update. 


Configurable Joins may be used to display information from related data tables in custom columns.


Shared Views

Shared views let other users in your database see the same view, with all the same exports, filters, and sorts, for a tab.

They can be configured by users with the Manage Shared Views permission, with which they can access all shared views in your database for all view types, including Deliver Mailings, Sources, Addresses, and Jobs.



You can also add shared views by clicking the Customize View icon at the bottom of a table, then clicking Edit Shared Views, which opens a new tab on the Shared Views screen for that table's base (in this example, Relationships).

Any shared views for each base will be listed on this page. Query details are listed at left, Access Permissions (if any) on the right.




Some tabs (Decision Release, Giving, Opportunities, and Materials) have sub-contexts (circled in image opposite). The sub-contexts for a given tab exist on the same query base.

Inactivate a shared Shared View by double-clicking or clicking the pencil icon, then setting Status to Inactive. Inactive shared views appear at the bottom of the page in faded text. 



Create a New Shared View

To create a new shared view:

  1. Under the table for which you want to create a shared view, click the Customize View icon.


  1. Click Edit Shared Views.

    Alternatively, start from Database > Shared Views and select the view type you'd like to work on.

  2. Click Create View. The Library default view appears.
  3. Add a name and modify the view's exports, filters, and sorts as needed.

    Note: The view's name will be visible to other users. 
  4. Click Save. The new view appears both in the Shared Views tool, and as an option in the views dropdown for that table under Shared.



Clone an Existing Shared View

To create a copy of an existing shared view:

  1. While editing a shared view, click the Copy View icon.




  1. Add or delete any exports, filters, sorts, and rename the new view.
  2. Click Copy.


You can copy views to a different sub-context on the same base. For example, copying a shared view from Release Decision: Confirm to Release Decision: Release




Shared Views and Permissions

Only users with the Manage Shared Views permission can add new Shared Views. Users that have been granted the permissions Access View or Modify View on a given shared view can access and modify that view, respectively.

If a user is granted Modify View for one or more shared view, they must also have the Manage Shared Views permission. 

Expand Access to a View

Access Permissions allow you to further restrict who can modify and access the Shared View. If there are Access Permissions, users must meet one of the listed criteria for accessing the view. Add Access Permissions to a view by clicking the Edit icon, then selecting the Access Permissions tab. Then, choose to add grantees by user, role, or permission, and select the permissions they should receive.


If no access permissions are set for a shared view, then any user with the Manage Shared Views permission can modify it.


Accessing Shared Views as a User 

Active shared views are available for access to all users of all permission types if there are no access permissions set for that view.

Shared views without access permissions can be added as editable personal views for any user by clicking Update on the shared view. The users can modify the exports, filters, and sorts that they (and they alone) see displayed for all records on that table. 




Troubleshooting Views 

Why can't a user see a shared view I configured?
    • Confirm that the shared view you want to use is set to Active.
    • Confirm that the user is accessing that view from the same table you built it on.
      • For example, if the shared view exists on the Relationships tab on a record, they'll need to navigate to that tab to see it in action. 
    • If the shared view has access permissions, confirm that users who you want to see and use that view are granted access as a user, permission or role.
Why can't I see Access Permissions? 
A Shared View must exist (and be saved) for you to add Access Permissions 
If I add a Shared View for Schools, for instance, will other users in my database see that view?
No. They will only see a Shared View if they select it as a custom view. 
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