Using the Actions Tab

Understanding which commands are available, and what happens when you apply them to a selected time series.

Before we look in to the actions tab you should be aware that each activity tab is like a workspace, with tools and features suited to particular types of tasks. For example, browsing data, or performing analyses. So, what happens if you want to use a tool from a different activity to the one you are currently working in? To do this with as little disruption, and as few clicks as possible, you’ll find shortcuts to those tools in the command bar. Those shortcuts are what we call Actions.

Terminology

Before go we any further let’s get the terminology out of the way.

  • The dark grey area at the top of the application is called the command bar
  • Up to three different tabs with commands are available in the command bar, depending on which Activity you are in.

In this article, we’ll be going over how to use the Actions tab. So, an obvious question to start with is…

What are Actions?

Actions are what you see in the different-colored blocks under the actions tab. These commands are applied to time series or other entities such as releases, when working in any of the Activity tabs (except style sheets and web publish). The available commands, or Actions, are steered by which time series you’ve selected.

How are Actions organized?

As you can see, the actions are divided into groups. The first thing to notice is that the color of the group reflects the color of the activity tab the action will be performed in. The second thing is that a single activity might have more than one group. For example, as you see in the image above, there is one group with options for presenting the selected time series, and another for transforming the time series, but the result of both actions will be displayed in Browse (green). Descriptions of each group are provided below.

What is each group for?

What is each group for?

The first block you’ll see on the left, is for actions performed in Browse.

Analytics

Use the actions to add the selected series to a new document in Analytics, or to add it to any of the documents you have open in the Analytics tab at the time.

Presentation

These actions give you different options for visualizing the data in Browse. This is useful if you’d like to quickly view the data over a certain period of time, or accessing the metadata in Time Series Information for example.

Transformations

Choose from a few simple calculations to apply to the selected time series. This action results in a chart being generated in Browse.

Locate series in tree

Locate the selected series in the tree, for any of the Economics database views. This is useful if you’ve found a time series outside of the tree structure (in Browse or Analytics) and you’d like to view the series relative to categories, subcategories or related series.

Releases

View the relevant release for the selected time series. This is useful if you’d like to add a series you just found to your list of favorites for easy access at a different point in time.

Search

Use this action to perform a search based on the selected time series. It’s a useful way to quickly find the same type of series for other countries, for example.

To Summarize the Actions tab

  • It appears when you select an entity, such as a time series
  • You can access the actions tab in any of the activities used to access data
  • It shows you which commands you can execute for a given entity, in any of the Activity tabs