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Tabular view and filters

Posted on September 27th, 2018 by Francesco Falchi

Every project starts simple, with few models and not so many records to take into consideration. But either by necessity or simply by adding more content through time, having a grasp of every piece of content created should be easy to access and in a fast way.

To reach this accessibility goal, DatoCMS has two important features that work perfectly together, the tabular view and the filters.

Why Tabular view?

Tabular view is the perfect solution for complex projects.

If you want to make a project for an e-commerce, you'll have a model for a product with many different fields.

A product could have even more fields than this

As your project grows and more records are added to your product model, it becomes hard to keep track of every single record when you have to edit them.

The Compact view seems to be unfit to manage this kind of complexity, you can’t sort your products and it’s very hard to search for them.

Now let's see instead how the Tabular view shows a collection of many records.

With different columns it's much way easier to discern your records

Tabular view allows editors to configure(add, remove, reorder and resize), columns related to the field will inherit its name making them highly customizable too.

Each editor can manage its preferences, adding or moving columns according to its needs, then merge different filters to create a powerful search experience through many records.

With Tabular view you’ll be able to put some logic in the visualization of your list of records.

The columns selection with default values and customized fields

How to use it

By default the visualization for your models is now set on tabular view, let’s see exactly where it is located in your model settings.

In your DatoCMS dashboard choose a project and then go to its settings and select “Models”, under “STRUCTURE” in the left sidebar, and then click on the “SETTINGS” of the model you want to edit.

The settings for the model are next to its name on the right

Once you clicked this will open the settings modal, select the “Additional settings” tab.

This is where you can set your records visualization mode to tabular view

With Tabular view DatoCMS allows you to select what columns you want to see and then arrange them as you like.

Select and remove the columns and then move them the way you like

Tabular view + Filters, a match made in heaven

So it’s a given that tabular view for your model is awesome but it would be an empty shell without a proper way to search for your content.

Enter the new filters, with them you can search any of the values of the columns and if you don’t remember the name of a record you can narrow it down to time.

you can use more than one filter for a detailed search


Tabular views and filters are a couple of features designed to improve content management for anyone using DatoCMS.

DatoCMS has many other new features incoming and it’s constantly evolving thanks to the suggestions and feedbacks of who’s using it.

Moving forward is the only way for DatoCMS.