Overview of the PRTG user interface
In this video, I'm going to give an overview of the different parts of the PRTG user interface. I won't go into each option in detail -- I'm just going to give you an idea of where to look for important functions, , so you'll be able to find things easier.
When you first log into PRTG, you'll be at this welcome page, which gives an overview of your PRTG installation. If you'd rather have some other page as your homepage, you can set this for each user in their account settings.
From this welcome page, please click on "view results" to move to the tree view layout. This page will be the starting point for most of your everyday use of PRTG. So, the focus of this video is this tree layout page.
Let's look at the sections of this page, starting from top to bottom...
Across the top of every page is the global header area, which contains the main menu, the path to the current object as breadcrumbs, icons to reload the current page, open the help center, or log out, a quick search box, and a global status bar, which shows you the status of all of your sensors, according to the different sensor states. This global header bar is the same for every page within PRTG.
Moving down one step, we have the Page Header Bar. What you see in this area will change, depending on what object you're currently viewing. It will show the name of the current object, several tabs with settings, the status of the current object, some quick action buttons, and a QR code that links to the current page.
If you're in a device tree view, you will also see this section (3), which you can use to define how the tree will be displayed. Clicking through the circle symbols will let you switch between a very compact view up to an extra large view. There are also two special extended views available here, the tree map view and the sunburst view. The tree map view tiles all the devices in your PRTG installation into one square. You can adjust the size of the tiles according to the number of sensors on a device, or that device's priority, or both. The sunburst view lets you see your entire installation on one page. Around the outside of the sunburst you have the individual devices. As you move towards the center of the circle, you see the groups of devices and the individual probes. The worst status is inherited from the outside inwards. In the sunburst view you can also adjust the view based on the number of sensors, or priority, or both. But let's go back to the regular tree view for now.
The next section is the main page content. This displays the current object and all objects underneath this current object in the tree hierarchy. The content here varies depending on the type of object you've selected. It could be a tree structure, a single probe, a group of devices, a single device, or a single sensor.
(5) At the bottom right there are page footer icons, which will pop up as you move your mouse over them. They give you quick access to the auto-update page, PRTG's social network accounts, and a form to contact technical support.
(6) And, across the very bottom of each page you'll find the page footer, which shows you the current PRTG software version, which user is logged in, the time until the next page refresh, and the current time.
When you're working with PRTG, there are several different ways to navigate through the software.
First, the main menu provides access to all important features in the software If you're looking for one specific object, the "quick search" is usually the fastest way to go directly to this object.
Then, on each page, there are tabs that let you switch between the various sub-pages for that object Most of the objects also have a context menu, if you right-click on them. And most of the object also have a popup window, if you hover the mouse over them. And, last but not least, you can drill down in the object hierarchy by clicking directly on any of the sub-objects in the hierarchy. So, for example, if you're viewing the entire device tree, you can click on a sensor to go directly to that sensor.
And that brings me to the end of this video. I hope I've given you a better feel for how to navigate in PRTG, and where to find the most important functions. And, as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!
All the best, and goodbye!