For the next several tips, we’re going to take apart the Object Browser Settings for what appears in the object browser.

Object Browser Settings

The first set of options control your View preference in the Object pane, which is either by Namespace or by Containers.  Think of these two options as a set of radio buttons.  The rest of the options are more like checkboxes, since you can have all the Show options enabled.

If you choose to View Namespaces (which is the default), all components will be shown based on their namespace, just as you would expect.  The idea here is that namespaces stored in multiple physical containers are merged, as shown below.

Object Browser View by Namespace

Now if you were to switch to View Containers, you’ll see the physical containers, then a breakdown of the namespaces that are contained.

Object Browser View by Containers

Personally, I always used View Containers, because i didn’t feel so overwhelmed from seeing everything! =)

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