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Edit Variable Lists

The user can edit the name, composition, and category title of variable lists that appear in Flex Packaged Display.

The first step is to select a variable list to edit. For example, scroll down and select the variable “Agricultural Production, History plus Forecast” from the list of names. Make sure not to double-click on the name, as the program will delete the variable. After clicking on Agricultural Production, the full name should appear in the small box at the top of the screen. Replace the words, “History plus Forecast” with “Test.” Click on the Update List Name button. Now, upon opening the Flex Packaged Display, the renamed variable list should be included in the list of variables on the left side of the screen. Return to Edit Variable List.

The two boxes located beneath the List Name box, labeled Variable Names and Selected Variable Names, allow the user to add or delete the variables that compose the variable list. The Variable Names box is a list of variables from which the user can select, while the box on the right shows the names of the variables included in the variable list. To add a variable, scroll through the variable names and double click on AGDEM-Agricultural demand. The variable should have appeared at the bottom of the list in the Selected Variable Names box. The user can adjust the location of the selected variables in the list by clicking on the Move Up or Move Down buttons. To remove the variable AGDEM from the Selected Variable Names box, simply double-click on the variable.

The Selected Variable Names box shows the particular variables that make up a variable list. With Agricultural Production selected, the variable AGP-Agricultural Production should be listed in the Selected Variable Names box. Agricultural Production is thus composed of a single variable. However, some variable lists include multiple variables. For instance, scroll down in the variable box and select the list named SOFI Forecast Variables. Instead of a single variable, approximately 20 variables should be displayed in the Selected Variable Names box.

The user can change the category to which a variable list belongs. Simply delete the current name, and type in the desired category. To use an example, select Agricultural Production again. The category for this variable list is Agriculture, of course. Delete the current category name and type in “Test”. Hit the Update Category and Display Title button. Now, open the Flex Packaged Display, and under the Category column, scroll down. The category “Test” should be located near the bottom of the column. To change the category name back to the original, simply repeat the steps used to change the name.