You can revert the Configure tab back to the former Manage tab presentation in the vSphere Web Client by editing the file.

In vSphere 6.5, the Manage tab for an object (vCenter Server, Datacenter, Cluster, Host, Virtual Machine, and so on) is renamed to Configure. Within the Configure tab, the subtabs are removed and replaced with a flattened menu. You can use the Configure tab to perform the same tasks that you performed with the former Manage tab.

If you want to revert this tab's presentation back to the Manage tab's presentation, edit the file to turn off this change.

Note: Certain changes to the vSphere Web Client are not controlled by this changed flag. For example, the Permissions tab style cannot be reverted.


  1. Log in to the vCenter Server you want to make this change.
    • Use SSH to log in to a Linux-based vCenter Server.
    • Use RDP to log in to a Windows-based vCenter Server.
  2. Edit the file and change the navigation.tabMode.convertSecondaryToToc flag from true to false.
    • For a Linux-based vCenter Server, the file is located in the /etc/vmware/vsphere-client directory.
    • For a Windows-based vCenter Server, the file is located in the C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\vsphere-client folder.
  3. Log off from vCenter Server and log in to the corresponding vSphere Web Client.

Example: Example Configuration

If you changed the file to revert to the Manage tab presentation, the lines will resemble the following:

 # Flag to enable the use of a single TOC view for the configuration of inventory objects.

To turn the tab back to the Configure tab presentation, change false to true.