Jul 20, 2016, 4:33 PM
4 Posts

Where are the Navigators?

  • Category: Domino Designer
  • Platform: Windows
  • Release: 9.0.1
  • Role: Developer
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  • Replies: 6

I am using Notes Designer 9.0.1, and (for the first time) want to create a Navigator for a web app.  No such option in Designer, although Designer Help describes them.  Have Navigators been deprecated?

All I really want is for the database to launch a particular form when opened on the web.  The Google tells me to create a blank navigator for this purpose.  If that's not an option, is there an alternative?


Jul 21, 2016, 10:53 AM
90 Posts
Database launch properties and specify what you want to open
Or create a redirect for the url you want to use...

A number of options are available...

Jul 21, 2016, 11:05 AM
5 Posts
Use a frameset instead

The best way is to create a single frame frameset, embed the form within the frame, and then set the db launch properties to launch the frameset. 

Jul 21, 2016, 1:19 PM
194 Posts
This is easy
You need to make sure to go into Window, Perspective, Domino Designer, then you will find it under Shared Elements

What you are trying to do with the default form is correct.  You will create a Navigator with whatever name you want.

Then you will create a Form that you want to open when you open the db called $$NavigatorTemplateDefault

Then in the database properties you set it to open the navigator and the $$NavigatorTemplateDefault will be opened instead.

The reason you have to do this, is that Domino doesn't have an option to launch a form as the default for a database.

Jul 21, 2016, 6:05 PM
4 Posts
Got it

Thank you all.  I will use one of the suggested options; haven't decided which yet.  Eclipse still baffles me sometimes.  I thought Domino Designer was open...I was seeing all the other shared elements.  Navigators are there now.

Jul 22, 2016, 3:18 PM
105 Posts

Sorry, but the title of your post just makes me giggle. Not your fault, it's just me and my warped sense of humor.

Where are the Navigators? Why here, that's where:


I'll go back into my cave now...

Aug 10, 2016, 10:53 AM
10 Posts
It depends on what exactly you mean by "navigator"

Short answer : they are still there, in the "Shared Elements" section of the "Applications" view (where you find your forms, views, agents etc). Don't touch unless you are dealing with a grossly antiquated legacy app.


Long answer : they are sort of deprecated. Now this is an element that I haven't seen in years, maybe since the advent of version 6.5 in, wait, was it 2005 ? I don't even know if they are suitable for the web, but I'd bet no.

As stated in another comment, the easiest way is to start with a Frameset devided in two columns. The left column contains a Page, which itself contains an Outline.

I know, I know, framesets themselves are deprecated, or at least frowned upon by the up-and coming young devs. If you wanted to be really up-to-date, you'd start with an XPage and your "navigator" would end up being a <div>