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Home is where the heart is, and the Novell GroupWise 7 Home View is the heart of Novell GroupWise 7. But just as a house doesn't become a home until you settle into it and have your stuff where you want it, the default arrangement of the GroupWise 7 Home View won't be comfy unless you completely customize it. In fact, the GroupWise 7 Home View can even handle some hearty remodeling to make it match your style. Here's a do-it-yourself guide to making your GroupWise Home View your dream home.


> Breaking It Down
Before you start assembling your dream Home View, you need to understand its basic parts. The GroupWise Home View is simply a folder in your GroupWise system that is displayed by one or more panels. (See Figure 1.)

"Just as a house isn't a home until you've injected a little personality, your GroupWise Home View might not work the best for you until you've spent the time to customize it."

Think of panels as windows that display other parts of your GroupWise system, such as your calendar, your mailbox or your contacts; however, these panels don't only help you get a quick look at your GroupWise items, but they also help you filter and view just the items you need to see. For example, imagine having a panel that shows just the messages from a certain contact, or a single panel that summarizes all your appointments for the day. (See Pointed Panels for more ideas of panels you can create.)

Home View panels are also completely interactive. Any action you can do within the actual section of GroupWise that your panel displays, you can do in the panel itself. So, you can send messages, post appointments and add contacts from your Home View.


In fact, the context menu in your GroupWise Main Window actually changes each time you select a different panel to accommodate the actions you can perform within that panel. This means you might never need to leave your Home View to perform the everyday actions GroupWise helps you to do.

But Home View panel content is not the only thing you can customize in the Home View. You can also easily drag and drop the panels to customize their sizes and placements. You can also add and remove, and maximize and minimize panels using simple shortcuts. (See Home View Basics.)

Home View Basics

Before you start totally remodeling your Home View, you might want to try a simple new arrangement. You can do a lot to customize your Home View with just a few simple shortcuts and commands.

  1. Arranging Your Panels
    1. One of the simplest ways to arrange your panels is to just drag and drop the panels into their proper positions. Resize the panels by dragging the panel borders. To maximize a panel, double-click its header. To minimize it, double-click the header again• Virtualization technologies in the Data Center
    2. You can also change the way the panels are arranged in columns by following these steps:
    3. Choose a panel from the list of predefined available panels.
    4. Choose One column or Two column from the menu that appears.
  2. Adding a Predefined Pane
  3. By default, GroupWise 7 includes three panels for the Home View: a Calendar panel, an Unread Items panel and a Checklist panel. GroupWise ships with two other predefined panels you can add: a Recent Activity panel that shows all your GroupWise Activity for the past month, and a Summary Calendar panel that lists all the details of your calendar items for the next two weeks. Follow a few quick steps to add one of these predefined panels:
    1. Click the arrow at the right of any current panel header
    2. Select Add Panel from the menu that appears.
    3. Choose a panel from the list of predefined available panels.
    4. Click Add.

Panels also don't have to stop at the Home View. Because using panels is simply a way to display a folder, you can even use panels to display your GroupWise mailbox, calendar or any other folder in your cabinet. So the building blocks of the Home View actually go far beyond the Home View itself and give you a whole new way to customize every aspect of your GroupWise 7 interface.

"To begin the remodeling, think of issues your panels could solve. Any action you can do in the part of GroupWise your panel displays, such as in the calendar or mailbox, you can do in the panel itself. So, you can send messages, post appointments, add contacts and more, all from your Home View."

> Form=Function
When you first open your GroupWise Home View, you'll see three panels already created for you. One shows your calendar, another shows your checklist and the other shows all your unread items. You can also add other predefined panels, including a panel that displays all your recent activity from the past 30 days (Recent Activity) and a panel summarizing all your calendar items for the next two weeks (Summary Calendar).

But, to truly make your Home View work for you, you'll want to create your own panels and arrange your Home View how it best suits your GroupWise habits. To begin remodeling your Home View, try thinking of the GroupWise problems or hang-ups that your panels might be able to solve. You'll also need to understand exactly how you can structure your Home View to give you the ultimate amount of space to display all your panels. Below are a few scenarios you might not have thought you could solve using the Home View.

"Once you save different Home View display settings, you can switch between your different displays to see as many panels as you want."

> Proxy Calendar Panel
Suppose you're an executive assistant, and often use the GroupWise proxy feature to set your boss' schedule. You know how to proxy between accounts and can even open another GroupWise window, but the entire process of switching accounts and windows is becoming an obstacle you'd like to avoid.

You can use the GroupWise 7 Home View to see an overall view of your schedule as well as your boss'. (See Figure 2.)

  1. In this situation, you'll want to create a new Home View panel that shows your boss' schedule. Here's how.
    1. Click the panel menu arrow at the top right of any existing Home View panel.
    2. Select Add Panel.
    3. Click New Panel.
    4. Name the new panel according to the proxy's name.
    5. Click Change Folder.
    6. Select your GroupWise Calendar.
    7. Click OK.
    8. Click More Display Settings. (See Figure 3.)
    9. In the View by menu, select Calendar.
    10. In the Calendar Views menu, select Multi-User.
    11. Choose the calendar items you want to display.
    12. Choose the number of days you want to view at one time.
    13. Click OK.
    14. Check to make sure the View by menu shows that the panel will be viewed as a calendar.
    15. Click OK again to exit the Create Panel dialog.
    16. Click Add to add the panel to your Home View.
    17. In the Multi-User List dialog that pops up, check your boss' name.
    18. Click OK.

Although these steps are catered especially for creating a Proxy Calendar panel, you can use the basic points of these steps to add other custom panels that point to any folder you've created. To best explore all the different ways you can display items in your panels, take a minute to read all the options in the More Display Settings dialog. Then, if you still need ideas, see Pointed Panels.

Pointed Panels

Just as you can remodel and decorate your home, the ways you can build panels to customize your GroupWise 7 Home View are almost infinite. Here are a few panel ideas that might get your creative juices flowing. Consider creating one or more panels that show:

  • just the tasks from one project calendar
  • your mailbox with a filter displaying only the unread messages from a certain contact
  • your frequent contacts address book
  • only items categorized as Urgent
  • your Checklist filtered for key words in a project on which you're focusing
  • the items you are working on in your Work in Progress folder
  • your Junk Mail folder so you can easily drag and drop junk messages to the folder
  • a multiuser view of both your calendar and a proxy calendar
  • all the appointments you still need to accept
  • only your recurring appointments
  • the discussion threads of all the messages you have sent and received
  • all your newsgroup subscriptions
  • your document library
  • only appointments scheduled during a specified date range
  • only your electronic editions of Novell Connection magazine or other subscriptions
  • all the messages you have sent for the past two weeks, allowing you to check if you have received replies from any of those messages

"After you remodel and get everything placed just right, the GroupWise Home View can help you use GroupWise more efficiently and give you the comfy GroupWise space that you will never want to leave."

> Home View Display Settings
Once you have so many ideas of how to customize your Home View panels, you may end up with more panels than your Home View can display. One way to solve the problem of too many panels is to create a few different Home View display settings. Once you save different Home View display settings, you can switch between your different displays to see as many panels as you want. Here's how:

  1. Save and Name Your Primary Home View Settings
    1. Right click the Home tab on your Navigation Bar.
    2. Select Properties.
    3. Click the Display tab.
    4. Click Customize Panels.
    5. Create, add, and remove panels as you want your panels arranged for your first Home View display.
    6. Click OK.
    7. Click Save As.
    8. Type a unique name for your display setting and a description of what this display will show.
    9. Click OK.
    10. Click OK again to exit the Home View Properties dialog.
  2. Save and Name Another Home View Settings
    1. Follow Steps 1–10 above to create another alternate Home View setting.
    2. Name it according to what it displays.
    3. Right click the Home tab on your Navigation Bar again, and select Properties.
    4. Click the Display tab.
    5. In the setting name drop-down menu, select the name of your primary Home View setting.
    6. Click OK.
  3. Show and Use the Display Settings Toolbar
    1. From the main menu, select View | Toolbars | Display Settings.
    2. Using the Display toolbar drop-down menu, select your secondary Home View settings. (See Figure 4.)
    3. You may need to arrange your panels the way you want them to display, but you should only have to do this one time.
    4. Once you have this solution set up, you can use the Display Settings Toolbar to navigate between your primary and secondary Home View settings. When you set three or four panels to each display, you can easily see everything you need in GroupWise without maximizing and minimizing panels.
  4. View Another GroupWise Folder Using Panels
  5. You can also solve the problem of a crowded Home View by changing one of your other folders to display in panels. This gives you more area to view your GroupWise items the way you want. Here's how to change your GroupWise mailbox to display as panels. (See Figure 5.)

    1. Right click the Mailbox tab on your Navigation Bar.
    2. Select Properties.
    3. Click the Display tab.
    4. From the View by drop down menu, select Panels.
    5. Click Customize Panels.
    6. Create, add and remove panels as you desire.
    7. Click OK.
    8. Click OK again to exit the Mailbox Properties dialog.
    9. Name your new display setting, if prompted.

Displaying another folder in panels can help you recognize and organize items. For instance, you may want to organize your mailbox folder into different panels that filter for received messages from your boss, messages concerning a certain project or messages you have moved to your checklist in order to take action.

> Conclusion
Just as a house isn't a home until you've injected a little personality, your GroupWise Home View might not work the best for you until you've spent the time to customize it. But once you remodel and get everything placed just right, the GroupWise Home View can help you use GroupWise more efficiently and give you the comfy GroupWise space that you will never want to leave. red N

Working From Home

With all your GroupWise 7 Home View panels set up and customized, you might get cozy enough in your Home View so you can perform most, or even all, of your GroupWise actions from Home, even filing items in your GroupWise cabinet. You just need to understand how to best use the GroupWise 7 Navigation bar.

  1. Adding Navigation Bar Tabs
  2. The tabs on the Navigation bar simply represent GroupWise folders. If you add new navigation tabs that point to the folders you use most often, you can drag and drop items directly to the tabs. This keeps you from having to switch among folders or from even displaying your folder list at all. Here's how to add a Navigation Bar tab:
    1. Right click the Navigation bar.
    2. Select Customize Nav bar.
    3. Click the plus (+) sign next to a folder in the folder list to expand its contents.
    4. Check the folder for which you want to create a tab.
    5. Click OK.
  3. Dragging Items to the Navigation Bar
  4. Add the folders to your Navigation bar to which you want to drag items. (To set items aside and file them later, create a "Cabinet" tab linked to your cabinet.)
    1. Click any item in your mailbox, calendar or other folders to select it. (Ctrl+click or Shift+click to select several items at once.)
    2. Drag the selected item(s) to the Navigation bar tab of your choice.


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