Objects View



This page provides details about what you can do from the Objects View of Appian Designer. See Design Objects for a full list of application objects.

The objects view allows you to locate design objects across all applications in the environment. This view is useful for finding a single specific object quickly and editing it or adding it to an application.


Searching and Filtering

The view initially returns no objects and will display objects only after you perform a search or apply filters, which are available in the left-hand pane. By default, your search term(s) will run against object names and descriptions. However, you can change what you would like to search against using the search options available next to the search icon. See Designer Search for more information about what you can do.

Object List

The object list displays a read-only grid of twenty-five objects, initially sorted by most recently modified. The object list returns five columns:

  • Object Type Icon A quick reference visual indication of each object's type.
  • Name The name of the object as a hyperlink to open the object.
  • Description The description of an object. Descriptions longer than 96 characters are truncated. Hovering over the description will show its entire value as a tool tip
  • Last Modified The default sort field of the grid. Shows developers who last modified the object and when.
  • Selection Box Checking the selection box of an object provides the developer with various object options.

Hierarchical View

Developers can view objects within the Application view or the Objects view by clicking the flat view or hierarchical view button at the list. By default, the view is flat and displays all objects. Switching to the hierarchical view will display only the top-level objects and hide the rest, so that you can more easily navigate folder hierarchies.



When an object is marked for selection, options will appear above the objects list. Multiple objects can be selected at one time, which will allow for bulk operations. However, not all options support bulk operation.


The following options available in the Objects view:

  • Add to App (Multiple)- Allows one or more objects to be added to any application that the developer has permission to.
  • Security (Single-choice)- Opens a security dialog that allows developers to adjust the security of an object. Developers must have at least administrative permissions on the selected object.
  • Dependents (Single-choice)- Opens a new view that lets developers see what object or objects depend on the selected object.
  • Precedents (Single-choice)- Opens a new view that lets developers see what object or objects the selected object depends on.
  • Delete (Multiple)- Allows one or more objects to be deleted.
    • When a single object is selected, a warning dialog contains the results of a dependent objects scan, which allows developers to review all objects that would be impacted by the delete.
    • Data types, group types, and multiple object deletion can only be performed by system administrators.
    • Selecting a folder for deletion will result in the deletion of all its contents.
    • When multiple objects are selected, a warning dialog lists all objects included in the deletion.
  • More (Single-choice or Multiple)- Provides additional object specific operations:
    • Properties (Single-choice)- Opens a property dialog for documents, folders, and groups that allows developers to view and edit object properties.
    • Versions (Single-choice)
      • Opens a versions dialog that allows developers to open previous versions of objects. Connected systems, constants, decisions, documents, expression rules, integrations, interfaces, process models, and web APIs are all versioned.
      • This dialog also allows developers to compare the differences in the object to the latest version.
    • New Version (Single-choice)- Lets developers upload a new version of a selected document. The new version of the object will retain the same local ID, but will point to a different file.
    • Rename (Single-choice)- Lets developers rename an object. This operation will also update any expression that's calling an object with the new object name. Constants, decisions, expression rules, integrations, and interfaces can all be renamed from the toolbar.
    • Download (Multiple)- Only available for documents. Lets developers download one or multiple documents.
    • View Documentation (Single-choice)- Process models only. Generates a process model documentation report, which will open in a new tab.
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