Using the Hierarchy Viewer

The Hierarchy Viewer allows you to select the hierarchy you want to examine, and also allows you direct access to the attributes that comprise it. You can use the Hierarchy Viewer to view either the system hierarchy or any of your user hierarchies.

When you view the system hierarchy, you can see the actual relationships between attributes, as defined by the system when the project was created.
When you view a user hierarchy, you do not see true attribute relationships, but rather the structure of the user hierarchy as defined by a project designer, to facilitate user browsing and report development.
The Aerial perspective provides an overview of the hierarchies in your project. Its decreased scale allows you to navigate through the entire project.

The Hierarchy Viewer gives you flexibility over how much of a given hierarchy you choose to view at once. You can see all of the entry points into a hierarchy at once, or you may select only one at a time. For details on entry points, see Entry point.

The Hierarchy Viewer also gives you direct access to any of the attributes in the hierarchy you choose to view. When you access a hierarchy’s attributes directly, you can define them as entry points. See Entry point for more details on creating entry points.

To view the system hierarchy in the Hierarchy Viewer

1 In MicroStrategy Developer, from the Schema menu, point to Graphical View.
2 Select Hierarchies.

To view a user hierarchy in the Hierarchy Viewer

1 In the Hierarchy Viewer, from the Hierarchy menu, select the hierarchy to view.
2 Attributes that have a green check mark next to them are entry points. See Entry point for more details on creating entry points.

To edit an attribute from the Hierarchy Viewer

1 In the Hierarchy Viewer, right-click the attribute to edit.
2 Select Edit.

To access Aerial perspective mode in the Hierarchy Viewer

1 In the Hierarchy Viewer, from the View menu, select Aerial perspective. An aerial view of the hierarchy you are currently viewing is displayed. The green squares indicate attributes that are entry points.
2 The hierarchy in the Hierarchy Viewer shifts according to where you navigate in the aerial view. Click a section of the aerial view display to shift your view of a hierarchy to that particular section.