You can use the inventory tree in the vSphere Web Client to browse and select objects as an alternative to the navigator.

The inventory tree shows a hierarchical arrangement of objects in four different views: Hosts and Clusters, VMs and Templates, Storage, or Networking.


  1. From the vSphere Web Client Home, click vCenter.
  2. Under Inventory Trees, click one of the four categories to display one of the tree views.
  3. Click the triangle next to any object to expand the tree and show the child objects.
  4. Select an object in the inventory tree to display information about the object in the center pane.
  5. (Optional) Click the selected object to shift to the navigator and bring the object into focus.
  6. Click one of the tabs in the center pane to access additional information and actions.
    Option Description
    Getting Started View introductory information and access basic actions.
    Summary View basic status and configuration for an object.
    Monitor View alarms, performance data, resource allocation, events, and other status information for an object.
    Manage Configure settings, alarm definitions, tags, and permissions.
    Related Objects View related objects.