Using the Cases Table

This article applies to versions 4.9.3 and later of P2 Explorer.

The Cases Table is part of Case Management, and is where you can see a filtered, and sorted selection of cases.

The creating, editing, sorting, and filtering of cases is fundamental to optimizing the usefulness of the Cases Table in Case Management.

Viewing the Cases Table

On the Home ribbon tab,

  • Click the Case Management button to open Case Management.

Case Management opens and displays the Overview page.

The Cases Table is a part of a Case Management page.

Each case entry in the Cases Table is made up of a number of compulsory and optional data fields which are displayed as columns.

Bulk Edit The check box to the left of the Case Id is used to select cases for bulk editing.
Case Id A unique, system-generated number identifying the case.
Priority The default priority for a new case is 10.
Title The case title should describe what the case is about. Sentinel-raised cases have titles configured in Sentinel, that can contain Sentinel tokens, such as the event time, the monitor name, and so on.
Entity The entity is the subject of a case. Every case is linked to an Explorer entity.
Status The status should be updated as the case progresses. For example: 'New' -> 'Investigating' -> 'Closed'.
Assigned To You can update the Assigned To user, from a list of users who have read privileges for that case's entity, to bring this case to their attention. While any user with privileges for a case can update it, it is ideally the Assigned To person who manages their own cases.
Due Date Ideally, the case will be resolved by this date. Overdue cases are highlighted in pale red.
Category The category is used for logically grouping cases, and can also be used to filter the table contents (for example, you can choose to just view 'Environmental' cases.)
Time Open The elapsed time from when the case was created until it was Closed, Rejected or Deprecated. For open cases, it is the elapsed time from when it was raised until current time.
Created By The user logged-on when the case was created.
Created Date The date and time the case was manually created, or raised by Sentinel.
Closed Date The date and time the case was closed.

Sorting Cases

All columns in the Cases Table can be sorted by Ascending, Descending, or Group.

Sorting options can be applied to one, or multiple columns at any one time.

To sort on a column data field:

1. Click on the drop down arrow on the right side of a column title block.

2. Select a sort option.

The sort options are:


Varies with data type.

  • Text Fields - alphanumeric order with numbers having priority over letters.
  • Number fields - numerical order.
  • Date and time fields - the most recent date/time is at the top of the list.
Descending The reverse of the Ascending option.

Cases are grouped with others of the same type.

Applying the Group action overrides the sort precedence, with grouping always being applied first.

When more than one column is to be sorted at a time, the first column sorted has the highest precedence in the sort order, and the second column sorted has the second highest precedence. As more columns are sorted, the order of precedence continues to be allocated sequentially.

In the example above:

  • The up arrow indicates an ascending sort has been applied to the relevant column.
  • The down arrow indicates a descending sort order has been applied.
  • The number indicates the sort priority.

When there is an up or down arrow beside the column name, click on the arrow to cycle between:

  • Sorted Ascending
  • Sorted Descending
  • Unsorted

The column sort may also be removed by selecting Remove Sort from the drop down list.

Filtering Cases

You can filter the entries in the Cases Table by column, making it easier to find cases of interest.

Enter a complete, or partial value, or word in the column filter field to apply a column filter to the table.

A column filter of '1' was applied to the Case Id field in the example below.


All Case Id field entries now contain '1'.

Adding New Case

Cases come from Sentinel, Shift Log, or those manually entered in Explorer via Case Management.

To add a new case:

1. Click on the Case Management icon to open the Case Management page.

2. Click on the New Case button on the toolbar.

The Create New Case form opens.

Read more: Creating new cases.

Editing Cases

Cases can be edited individually or in bulk.

Individual Case Edit

To edit an individual case:

  • Click on the case you wish to edit in the cases table.

The Edit Case form will open.

Read more: Editing individual cases.

Bulk Edit

You can select multiple cases and edit them all at once.

Read more: Using the Bulk Edit function.

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