1.  Getting Started and the ProjectWise Explorer Environment

The ProjectWise Explorer (PWE) program will be installed on the user's PC by the IT department.  IT will also set up users ProjectWise account. The user's account will be associated with a specific work group (i.e., Design, Geotechnical, Program Administration, etc.),

Starting Up and Logging On

To start PWE click:

Start > Programs > Bentley > ProjectWise V8i (SELECTseries 4) ProjectWise Explorer

ProjectWise iconOr use the shortcut on your desktop

The PWE window shown below will appear. Shown is a smaller view for demonstration. It is recommended that this window be enlarged for better viewing of folder and document listings. All areas have adjustable panes.

Screen shot showing ProjectWise window

Click Projects to log on automatically and reveal the primary directory structure.  PWE logon passwords have been synchronized with the domain/username, so an initial password at logon is not needed. When users are prompted for a password (more later in the guide), make note that the domain name is the same for all users, ADDOT, and the user name is the same as the users's workstation user name.

Screen shot showing top level folder structure

ProjectWise Explorer Environment

The ProjectWise Explorer environment is similar to Windows Explorer, and shares many of the same functions and techniques.  To choose which toolbars to view, go to Tool>Toolbars> (check toolbars to be used).  The most common and useful toolbars are; Standard, Navigation, View, Search, and Address.
Common toolbars circled

Manage Views

The ProjectWise Explorer Document Area can show folder contents in several display views . The list of display views can be chosen by going to View> (pick view style) Thumbnails, Large Icons, Small Icons, List and DetailsOr choose an icon from the Standard Toolbar. The Interface toolbar is set to displayed by default and can be turned off. The Interface feature may be utilized more in the future.
Standard Toolbar with view icons circled

The View toolbar controls  the "Details" view.  The "Details" view lists file information (metadata) in a column format, shown below.  Column widths can be adjusted and moved with mouse operations.  The "Standard" view control is included as the default.

Screen shot showingof View toolbar pulldown

Custom Views

Some users may wish to customize the "Standard" view control. This would allow for the addition of columns not shown in the standard view. To add a customized view, go to:

View > Manage View

Select "Show Global" box, next select Standard and select copy
Manage Views dialog

Type in the new name under View Name. Add columns by selecting the heading in the left window and then clicking the green arrow button between the two windows. Click OK.

Copy View dialog

Click Close. Note that the new view has been created.

Manage Views dialog showing new view


To make a view the users default view, go to:

View > Manage View

Highlight your new view name, click Modify and the View Properties window will appear.

View Properties dialog, Choose Columns tab

Select Set Defaults Tab Subfolders

View Properties dialog, Set Defaults tab

Check the boxes under Datasource and Search results. Click OK.

Click Close after returning to the view properties dialog; the view will be updated.

Screen shot showing new view

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