Navigate P4V

This section helps you get familiar with P4V terminology and layout and walks you through basic tasks such as updating status information, modifying views, and accessing administration tools.


P4V menus and forms use a general approach to versioning terminology and actions, to ensure that users with a variety of backgrounds can best understand what to do. If you have experience with P4Win or the P4 command line, note the following differences in terminology in P4V.

Helix Server term P4V term




Get revision

Open for edit

Check out

Open for add/delete

Mark for add/delete


P4V displays one main window with three panes: the left pane, which is also called the Tree pane; the right pane, which is where you do most of your work in P4V; and the bottom pane, which displays log and dashboard information.

Overview of P4V UI

Menu bar

Provides access to all available options.


Provides quick access to a subset of actions and tools available from the menu bar.

To get information about a toolbar item or other object in P4V, move the mouse pointer over the object. P4V displays a tooltip.

Some toolbar items appear dimmed but become available at the appropriate time. For example, Cancel is available to stop a command or interrupt a search only when an operation is running.

Address bar

Lets you navigate to specific folders and files in the depot and in your workspace. You can copy from and paste into the address bar. To navigate to any of the ten most-recent locations, select from the drop-down list:

Left pane (tree pane)

Includes the following tabs:

  • Depot Tree: Shows all of the files in the depot. To view the contents of a folder in the right-hand pane, click on that folder, and select View > Files in Folder.
  • Workspace Tree: Shows the files on your computer, including files that are not in the depot.

Right pane

Contains tabs for working with Files, History, Pending Changelists, Submitted Changelists, Branch Mappings, Labels, Workspaces, Jobs, Streams, Stream Graph, and Remote Mappings. To display a tab, click the corresponding button on the toolbar or choose it from the View menu. At the bottom of the right pane, the Details tab displays details about the current selected object.

To show or hide details, click the Details tab or the button next to it.

Bottom pane

The bottom pane if for the Log, Dashboard, and Activity Monitor.

Log tab

Displays the commands issued by P4V. To display this tab, choose View > Log.

Dashboard tab

Displays details about the status of your workspace and provides quick links for common tasks. To display this tab, choose View > Dashboard. See Update your workspace with the Dashboard tab.

Activity Monitor

Shows the commands associated with an action, such as Refresh.

The Activity Monitor can also show the status of commands. This can be useful when looking for long-running commands or commands that resulted in an error.

The detailed view pops up when you click the icon in the lower-right corner.

Display a context menu

Right-click to display the context menu for an object.

Action menu for a pending or submitted changelist

The Pending tab and the Submitted tab display an action menu when you open a changelist and click the widget.

Pending Changelist Submitted Changelist

This gives you convenient access to common actions and can include custom tools. See Add custom tools.

You might use this special menu when you have searched for a changelist number. See Search by number.

Update status information

P4V indicates file information and status using a set of icons and badges. To obtain updated status information and refresh the display, P4V periodically queries Helix Server. To force a refresh operation, click refresh icon.

Modify views

You can modify the way that information is presented in P4V’s panes and tabs. At the top of these panes and tabs, you can see one or more of the following buttons:

  • p4v bookmark Bookmarks

    Bookmarks act like shortcuts to locations in the tree. Set a bookmark by right-clicking on a directory and selecting Bookmark. You can then use this dropdown link to go to that location.

    For more information, see Bookmark files and folders.

  • p4v sort Sort order

    Use this drop-down button to sort the order of the list that you are viewing. The sort options are shown when you click the button.

  • p4v filters Filter

    This drop-down button allows you to filter your view in the following ways:

    • Show or hide different types of files, such as deleted files and/or local files.
    • Search for files and specs by various criteria and save those filters for reuse.
    • In the Tree pane, "re-anchor" your tree to the bookmarks that you have created. If you select a bookmark from this list, that bookmark location becomes the top of your tree view.

    For more information about filters, see Search and filter.

  • p4v tearoff Tear Off

    This button allows you to "tear off" the current view. This is useful for comparing two different forms side-by-side. Once you have torn off a view, you can close the tear-off by simply closing that window.

  • p4v views File list view

    On the Files in Folder tab and the History tab (when viewing file history), use this icon to view files listed by file name or as thumbnails.