Applying Color Rules

In the Message Analyzer Analysis Grid viewer, each row of the message grid displays in a default style. When a message meets the filtering criteria of a Color Rule, the colors and styles of the rule that differ from the default row style are applied on top of the associated message row. If the filtering criteria of another Color Rule also applies, both styles can be applied to the particular message row in the Analysis Grid viewer. For an example of this, see Using Gradient Decoration Configurations.

Applying Color Rules to a Trace

When you are ready to apply Color Rules to the results of a Live Trace Session or a Data Retrieval Session, you can select the Color Rules that you want to apply in a few different ways, as follows:

  • Individually — apply specific Color Rules by selecting them one at a time.

  • Categorically — apply all the Color Rules in a Category by selecting the Category, for example, the Network category or My Items category.

  • Globally — apply all the Color Rules in the local Message Analyzer Color Rules asset collection Library by selecting the Message Analyzer and My Items nodes in the Color Rules drop-down list, which is accessible on the Analysis Grid viewer toolbar.

Each rule Category contains a tree view of Color Rules that you can selectively enable or disable by placing a check mark in the check box of a rule, or by removing it, respectively. A Category that has only a subset of rules enabled is shown with its check box in the shaded tri-state condition. A Category that has all its rules enabled is simply shown with a check mark in its selection check box.


If you leave a Color Rule or one or more Categories of rules enabled and you close the current Live Trace Session or Data Retrieval Session, the selected Color Rules will continue to be applied to all subsequent session results that you display in the Analysis Grid viewer, until such time that you disable them. Enabled Color Rules are also applied across all current Message Analyzer sessions.

See Also

Creating and Modifying Color Rules