The Library Hierarchy

All files in FileHold software are stored under the library icon (root folder) shown in the file structure located on the left hand side of interface.

The File Structure Hierarchy

Taking a closer look at the file structure you can see that the document management software uses a real world metaphor for filing. The Library is filled with Cabinets that contain Drawers that contain Folder Groups (optional) that contain Folders. Only Folders can contain Documents.


Note: Documents are displayed as a list in the display pane to the right of the file structure. Documents can be displayed by selecting the folder they reside in or by searching to gather files from multiple folder locations.

Documents can only be stored in folders in the document management system. Folders can be located directly within drawers or within folder groups.

Access to specific areas of the document management software is controlled by group and user memberships at the cabinet and folder levels. Only users that are members of a cabinet can see the cabinet to access its contents. Once inside the cabinet a user must also be a member of the folders it contains in order to access files contained within the folder. If the user is not a folder member they will not be able to see the folder. Users can see the membership associated with a particular cabinet or folder by right clicking on the cabinet or folder and selecting Properties. Once authenticated to access files inside a folder access to individual document types is by schema membership. Users must be a member of schema (document type) in order to view files associated with this document type in the document management system.

Note: Users who are not members of a folder will not see the folder. To get access a user will have to be added by the owner of the folder or a Library or Systems Administrator.

Along with memberships at the Cabinet and Folder level, the document management software system, maintains membership permissions by document type. For example users in the sales department can be restricted to only add, search for and access sales document types (invoices, purchase orders and contracts) while users in the HR department can be restricted to only add, search for and access only HR document types (expense reports, vacation requests and performance reviews)even if they are located in the same folder. Only a designated library administrator can change the membership associated with a document type (schema). See setting up and managing document schemas for more information.

In addition to the membership in Cabinets, Drawers, Folders and document types access to documents is controlled by roles that individual users are assigned to. All roles and their related permissions are described on the user role page.

The document level permission icons indicate operations allowed for a given role or provide some additional information regarding the statuses of the documents visible in the folder view.

Permission Icons

The permission icon to the left of the document type icon will indicate the degree of access you have to a file in the document management system. Descriptions for permission icons are outlined below in order from most flexible to most restrictive access to the document.

Symbol Description
Full contol access Red, Yellow and Green Dot indicates that the user has full access to that file and is able to read, edit or delete the document. This document is being stored as an electronic document type and not as an electronic record and can therefore have multiple versions associated with it.
Red and yellow dots Red and Yellow Dot indicate that the user can only read or edit the document.
Read only - red dot Red Dot indicates that the user has read-only access to the document, the document is checked out, or a workflow process is occurring on the document.
Grey dot - electronic record Gray Dot indicates that the document is an electronic record . This means that there will only be one version of this file and there are very strict restrictions for all users for the deletion of this document.

Offline document icon

Rectangle with Dot indicates an external/physical documents(sometimes called an "off-line document) for which metadata is available but there is no electronic file associated with it in the documents management system.

Document version hidden under workflow icon

"H" indicates that the document version is hidden while it is undergoing a workflow - the "H" is only seen by those that are observers or participants of the workflow.

Previous Document Versions Available

"!" indicates that the current document is under workflow. Only previous versions are available at this time. The "!" is seen by those who are not observers or participants of the workflow.

Archived document

Purple dot indicates the document resides in the Library Archive.

Managing the File Structure

Cabinets and Drawers - Cabinets and drawers are owned and managed by library administrators, system administrators or cabinet organizers only. Cabinets and Drawers cannot be added to the document management system by regular users. Unless the ownership is reassigned, the person that creates the object is considered the owner.

Folder Groups and Folders - Folder groups or folders are managed directly by end users that have publisher or higher rights to that section of the document management system according to their FileHold Group associations.

Read Only Folder - A read only folder is a folder to which the properties are set to read only by library administrators. This means that all files contained in this folder are only editable by the owner of the folder or the library administration. All other users who have access to the folder will have their user rights restricted to read only. This means users with Publisher rights to the document management software system (these users would normally be able to read, add, edit documents in normal folders) will be restricted to only reading the contents of a read only folder unless they are the folder owner.

NOTE: The concept of Read Only Folders is only available in the older versions of the FileHold document management system. In the newer releases the folder level read only restriction is managed differently by library administrators by degrading roles for all members of the folder at question to Read Only role.