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Chapter 9: Viewing Reports on the Browser

If your site is using Kernel (if you are running VISTA, you are using Kernel), you may have the option of sending your reports (from the Inquire, Print, or Search options) to a device called the Browser. The Browser is an alternate method for viewing reports on your screen; it has more viewing options available than the basic “print to screen.”

You can find out whether the Browser is available to you by typing two question marks at the “device” prompt to get a list of available devices. If you do not have the Browser available, and would like to try it, ask your IT department about getting it enabled.

The Browser Screen

Let’s begin by taking a quick look at the Browser screen. As you can see, it has a lot in common with the word-processing Screen Editor.

screen editor

Browser Features

The Browser enables you to scroll back and forth through your data, a feature that is somewhat hit and-miss in the traditional roll-and-scroll environment. Other features include copy-and-paste (into a different document), and the ability to search for a specific text string. The Browser’s features are described in more detail below.


As with Screenman applications and the Screen Editor, navigation in the Browser is handled from your keyboard. You can enter <F1>H to access Help information, including navigation commands. Here are the available commands:

To Press
Scroll up or down one line at a time <ArrowUp> and <ArrowDown>
Scroll right 22 columns <ArrowRight>
Scroll to rightmost edge <F1><ArrowRight>
Scroll left 22 columns <ArrowLeft>
Scroll to leftmost edge <F1><ArrowLeft>
Page Down <F1><ArrowDown>, <NextScreen>, or <PageDown>
Page Up <F1><ArrowUp>, <PrevScreen>, or <PageUp>
Go to Top <F1>T
Go to Bottom <F1>B
Go to specific line, screen, or column <F1>G
At the prompt, enter a number, which you can precede with "S" (screen), "L" (line), or "C" (column). The cursor is re-positioned at the corresponding screen, line, or column. If you enter a number only, screen is assumed.
Exit <F1>E or <F1>Q


The Browser uses Fileman’s shared clipboard space, which means you can copy text from the Browser and paste it into any word-processing field using the Screen Editor. For example, you could generate a report, view it on the Browser, then copy some or all of your report and paste it into a Mailman message.

To use this feature, press <F1>C. This should bring up the following prompt:

Copy Text Line(s) to Paste Buffer >

If you would like to copy all of the text in your report, you can enter an asterisk (*). Otherwise, you can enter the first and last line you would like to copy, separated by a colon, like this:

Copy Text Line(s) to Paste Buffer >3:10

If you would like to append your text to what’s already in the clipboard, rather than replacing what’s in the clipboard, use the letter “A” with your command, like this:

Copy Text Line(s) to Paste Buffer >3:10A

You can use the “A” with specific line numbers, or with the asterisk.

If at any time you would like to see what’s already in the clipboard, press <F1>V. The Browser will switch from your report to the clipboard, so you can see what’s there. To return to your report, press <F1>E.

You can paste the text from your clipboard into any word-processing field using the Screen Editor. Place the cursor where you want the copied text to appear, and press <F1>V.


While in the Browser, you can search for a specific string. To use this feature, press <F1>F (for Find). At the prompt, enter the string you would like to search for. You can specify the direction of the search by ending your string with <ArrowUp> or <ArrowDown>. If you just press the Return key after the string, the default search direction is down.

To find the same string again, you can press <F1>N (for the Next occurrence of the string).

Online Help

As with most screen-based VISTA applications, the Browser includes online help. To access a Help summary, press <F1>H. For more detailed help, press <F1><F1>H.

The Browser as an Option

If you like the Browser, you can also use it to view the contents of any word-processing field that you have access to. You can call up the Browser by choosing Other from Fileman’s main menu, then selecting Browser from the Other submenu. Fileman then prompts you for the file, field, and entry to view.