Editing the Vault Metadata Structure

M-Files Admin enables you to modify the metadata elements of the vault, such as object types, value lists, property definitions and classes. Classes can also further be categorized into class groups. The document and object metadata is utilized almost everywhere in M-Files, such as in views and search functions, and therefore the metadata structure of the vault should be carefully planned.
The vault metadata structure consists of object types, class groups, classes, property definitions, and value lists. The example above illustrates the hierarchy of a metadata structure that contains the Customer and Document object types and various classes for the two object types.

You can browse and edit the vault metadata structure either as a hierarchical view or as a flat view.

Video: M-Files Administrator: Modifying Existing Property Definitions and Value Lists

Complete the following steps to browse and edit your vault metadata structure:

  1. Open M-Files Admin.
  2. In the left-side tree view, expand a connection to M-Files Server.
  3. In the left-side tree view, expand Document Vaults, and then expand a vault.
  4. Still in the left-side tree view, expand either Metadata Structure (Hierarchical View) or Metadata Structure (Flat View).
In the Metadata Structure (Hierarchical View) and Metadata Structure (Flat View) sections, you can create new metadata elements, such as object types, to the vault metadata structure or modify existing ones. See the subtopics in this section for further information on different types of metadata elements and how you can specify them.