You can filter a list if it is too long, or if you are looking for specific items in the list. For example, you can filter a list of alarms for alarms that begin with the word "datastore". You can show and hide the filter field by using the Filtering option in the View menu.

The list view is updated based on whether filtering is on or off. For example, if you are in the Virtual Machines tab and the filtered text is “powered on", then only virtual machines whose state is set to powered on will be displayed. If the state of any virtual machine changes, the virtual machine is removed from the list. Virtual machines that are added to the list are also filtered.


  1. On any inventory panel that displays a list, click the arrow next to the filter box at the top right of the pane.
  2. Select the attributes on which to filter.
  3. Enter search criteria into the filter field.
    The search automatically starts after a pause of more than one second. Neither boolean expressions nor special characters are supported. Filtering is not case-sensitive.
  4. (Optional) Click Clear to clear the filter field.