This section provides background information for properties. For procedures or workflows, see the step-by-step section.

In Basic mode, some properties may be configured to display only in off-normal state. Advanced mode displays more properties than Basic mode. When you command a property, the status of the command displays for the commanded property.

Default Workspace

Properties Workspace






Displays if the command is successful.


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Indicates a selectable property. Depending on the property, you can modify its value or view more detailed information about the property.


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Commands only accessible by selecting if present. No additional property information available.



Filters displayed properties. Text is filtered as you enter it.


Displays the following for the selected object:
- Description and Name
- Alias if configured
- Information displays informational text if configured.
- Belongs to shows parent node information.
- Show path displays the object with its hierarchy/ancestors, allowing switching between each view in which the object exists.

Displays the current alarm state for the selected object.

Opens the Memo dialog box, which allows you to create, view, and edit an object memo. Memos are useful for conveying instructions or additional information about objects important to a management station operator. For example, a memo can include notes about an object being out of service, scheduled maintenance, or parts that were ordered.
NOTE: Not available for a multi-object selection.


Property List

Basic mode.

Advanced mode.



Displays a list of available commands.



Displays if a command fails.


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Displays briefly if a command fails.


Filtering helps you reduce the number of properties shown during a search in Properties. You filter by entering text in the Search box, which filters as criteria is entered.

Display of Selections

If you select a single object, only the properties to which you have privilege display.

If you select multiple objects and try to access a property that you do not have privilege to, or the property does not exist for an object, N/A displays.

Why Command a Property?

You command a property to change its current state. For example, you might command to initiate an action, enable or disable a property, acknowledge or reset the status of a property, or override or release an override of a control program.

Commanding a property is also useful under these conditions:

  • When user action is required to manage an emergency
  • When an alarm indicates a malfunctioning device
  • When performing preventive maintenance
  • When energy savings is desired
  • When managing operating hours totalization

Examples of Common Commands:

  • Acknowledge
  • Change command priority
  • Coldstart
  • Enable/Disable
  • On/Off
  • In service/Out of service
  • Override/Release
  • Reset value for equipment operating hours
  • Set a new point value
  • Upload

Example of Commanding

At your facility, you want to change the temperature in a conference room from 68 to 73°F (20 to 22.78°C). Using the management station software, you send a command to change the Present Value of the Temperature Setpoint object of the room to override the normal system control.