Browsing the repository

When you have logged in to a specific repository, you will be able to see all folders and files for which you have the appropriate rights.

The browser tab has following elements:

  • Address bar indicating which folder is the active folder.

  • Navigation pane presenting the folder structure in the repository

  • Details pane, showing the underlying folders and the files in the selected folder. Columns are showing additional details on the content.

  • Metadata pane showing the metadata linked to the selected file or folder in the detail pane

  • Preview pane showing a preview of the file selected in the detail pane

  • Search box

The behaviour in the Address bar and the Navigation and Detail pane is very similar to the behaviour in Explorer. You can navigate selecting folders in the Address bar, clicking folders in the navigation pane or double clicking folders in the details pane.

Clicking on or symbol will expand resp. collapse folders in the navigation pane.

Clicking on a folder in the navigation pane or double clicking the folder in the details pane or selecting “Open” will set that folder as your workspace. The path of the selected folder will show up in the Address bar.

The name of the Browser tab is updated to the name of the selected folder.

Setting a folder as your workspace allows you to work continuously in the selected folder without having to click through the tree structure. Closing the Fred application, will not change the work space folder when you open Fred again.

Search actions are restricted to your current active workspace.

Using the Address bar

Clicking on any folder in the Address bar at the top will set the selected folder as working space.

You can use the drop down lists at any place in the path to move to another subfolder in the tree.

Back and forward and navigation history

You can use the back and forward buttons, similar to a Windows interface, to browse between previously viewed files and/or folders.

A right mouse click provides a drop down list of previously visited folders.


It is possible to add a folder to your Favourites in Fred. You can do this by right clicking on a file/folder, which you want to mark as Favourite, and selecting the “Add to Favourites”. You can also drag and drop a file or folder into the Favourites list.

You can easily rename the folders in the Favourites list by following actions:

  • Right click the “Favourite” folder you want to rename and click “Rename Favourite”

  • Alternatively, you can also use the F2 button on your keyboard to perform this action

  • Or simply click once on the folder name which is highlighted.

Right clicking a Favourite folder provides you the following options:

  • Renaming the Favourites will not change the name of the original folder.

  • You can remove objects from the Favourites list.

  • You can “Zoom” into the folder

  • You can Take Offline the content in your Favourite folder

  • Refresh the content and metadata that is already Offline

When adding folders to your Favourites, you will be able to navigate in the subfolders of the favourite folders.

You are able to drag & drop documents onto your Favourite folder structure. These documents will be uploaded into the appropriate folder.

Note that the bread crumb at the top will change from the Favourites to the full path indication if you move deeper into the folder structure.

You can start a search query from the Favourite folders. You can launch this from the quick search in the navigation tab or you can select Favourites in the Location field of the Search tab. See also Search

My saved searches

This folder provides you a list of all search queries you have saved. Clicking on a search will execute that search again and present the result in the Search tab.

Documents I am editing

Clicking the ‘Documents I am editing’ provides in the details pane a list of all the working copies in the repository of documents that you have put in Edit Off-Line mode.

The overview provides you information on:

  • An icon indicating the status of the local copy

  • The modification date of the local and server copy

  • A message on the status of the local copy

Using the right mouse commands you will be able to:

  • Open the document

    • In case the working copy is already on your PC, it will open the local copy

    • In case the local copy is missing, it will download the working copy from the server

  • Check-in the document at which Fred will take the most recent version of the working copy and check it in.

    • The upload progress of the document will be shown in the upload list

    • In case the document is versionable, the user will get a request to specify the new version.

  • Discard the changes at which the working copy will be removed and the original document will be unlocked.

  • Open the folder in which the file is located.

Hiding folders in the navigation (New)

It is possible to hide folders like Data Dictionary and IMAP Attachments in the Fred user interface. These configuration settings are done on the Alfresco Server and have following consequences:

  • The folder does not show up in the navigation pane while browsing through the folder structure

  • The folder is not shown in the list of objects in the details pane

  • The folder will show up in the search tab when you look for it

  • You can add the folder as a Favorite or as a shortcut in another folder. This enables you to navigate to the folder in case you need to reach it.

Opening multiple browser tabs

One can open multiple browser tabs clicking the Window/New Browser Tab command or using the short Ctrl + T. Each browser tab provides a view on the repository. Each tab will have the name of the active folder.