Creating a New Object Type

  1. Open M-Files Admin.
  2. In the left-side tree view, expand a connection to M-Files server.
  3. Expand Document Vaults.
  4. Expand a vault.
  5. Expand Metadata Structure (Flat View).
  6. Click Object Types.
  7. In the task area, click New Object Type.
    Result:The Object Type Properties dialog is opened.
  8. In the Name (singular) field, write a name for the object type in the singular form.
  9. In the Name (plural) field, write the same name in the plural form.
  10. Optional: To change the icon of the object type, click Change Icon.
    1. Select an icon from the list or click Browse to browse for a different icon file.
    2. Click OK.
    If you want to restore the default icon, click Use Default.
  11. Optional: If you want that users can create objects of this type in M-Files, select the Users can create objects of this type check box.
    1. If you want the object type to appear under the Create menu in the top area and the task area, select Show the creation command in the task area.
  12. Optional: If you want that users can add files into objects of this type, select Objects of this type can have files.
  13. Optional: In the The types of objects that users can browse for objects of this type list, select the object types that users can browse when they right-click an object of this type and select Browse Relationships in M-Files.
    This setting does not affect the related objects displayed in the listing view (search results or a view) below the main object.
  14. In the Default permissions for new objects drop-down menu, select the default permissions for new objects of this type.
    To adjust any permission settings, click the ... button.
  15. Optional: Select the Allow this object type to be used as a grouping level in views check box so that users can use this object type to define a grouping level within a view.
  16. Optional: To define an object type hierarchy, automatic permissions, a separate metadata search index, or aliases for the object type, click the Advanced tab.
    For more instructions, see Advanced Object Type Properties.
  17. Optional: To refine the permissions for the new object type, click the Permissions tab.
    For more instructions, see Object Type Permissions.
  18. Optional: To use an external database as the source of the objects for the new object type, define the external database connection on the Connection to External Database tab.
  19. Click OK.
You can see the object type that you have just created in the Object Types list. You can now create objects of this type in M-Files.