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How do I upload and manage attached documents?

By default, every Neoserra database is provided with 500MB of attached document storage capacity. Additional storage may be purchased. In this FAQ, we'll discuss how to upload documents, how to edit previously uploaded documents, and how database administrators can manage and allocate this feature.

Uploading Documents

Attached documents can be associated with client records, conference records, center records, or the dashboard page. For example, you might attach a client's business plan to their client record or a center's standard operating procedures to its center record. If a document is relevant to every Neoserra user, regardless of their home center, then the document could be attached to the dashboard page for universal user access.

Uploading Documents from a Client, Conference, or Center Record

While in view-only mode, you can upload documents to a client, conference, or center record by clicking the Upload button located in the Documents right hand panel, as shown in the next graphic:

Clicking the Upload button opens a new window where you can browse for the file(s) to upload, enter a description of the file, associate keywords with the file, and make the file available to the user on eCenter Direct, as shown in the next graphic in orange:.

In the screenshot above, highlighted in green, you will notice that you can create folders in which to organize the documents. Folders are system-wide resources, which means if you create a folder called "Client Agreements," all other Neoserra will be able to see the same folder for consistent folder organization. Folders, once created, can not be deleted. If you stop using a folder, i.e. if there are no longer any files underneath it, then the folder will disappear from the client's Documents pane. It will still be available in the Upload interface, for future use.

If you have multiple documents to upload, you can SHIFT-select multiple documents to be uploaded to Neoserra. All documents uploaded will have the same description, keywords and folder organization:

If you want to give them individual descriptions or organize them differently, then the documents will need to be uploaded individually.

Note: For documents that you attach to client records, all information associated with the upload (document filename, document description, document keywords, document size, document upload date and document uploaded by) can be used in the future as criteria for client filters. Additionally, you can filter for those clients with a certain number of attached documents and/or those clients with a certain size of attached documents.

Note: For detailed information on the options available under the eCenter Availability field, see the FAQ titled How do I post documents to eCenter Direct?.

Uploading Documents from the Dashboard Page

Documents uploaded to the dashboard page are available to all users, regardless of their permissions. Only database administrators can upload documents to this area of Neoserra:

Documents will be listed in alphabetical order in the folder to which they were saved. Folders are also listed in alphabetical order. You can rename a folder by hovering over the folder name and then choosing the "Edit" option:

Documents posted to the dashboard page can additonally be displayed on eCenter's "Library of Documents" page where they will retain the same folder organization:

Editing Uploaded Documents

Double-clicking the name of an attachment opens a copy of the attachment. If you make and save edits to this copy, you are not editing the version saved to Neoserra. You'll need to upload the new version of the document if you want the recent edits to be reflected in Neoserra.

Managing Attached Documents

Database administrators also have control over the size and types of files that can be uploaded. From the "General Settings" area of the global configuration settings (Administration|Configuration|General Settings), administrators can designate the maximum file size per attachment. They can also designate which types of files are not allowed for upload for security reasons.

Administrators see what percentage of your storage allocation is currently being used by choosing Administration|Status:

Database administrators in administrator-mode can view, query, or delete uploaded documents by selecting Administration|Configuration|Document Attachments. Documents that are marked for deletion will be deleted from the system at midnight, thus allowing you to restore the document if necessary.

The standard filtering interface is presented with a few additional enhancements:

As shown in green, you can create a filter for certain types of documents. In the example above we are looking for all PDF documents in the database. To search for all documents of a certain type, you will want to use the asterisk wildcard followed by the desired extension. In the example above, we are looking for "*.pdf" where the asterisk represents any filename followed by the .pdf extension. If you wanted to search for all documents with the words "financials" then you could search by using the wildcard at the start and end of the phrase. So your filter would contain: "*financials*

As shown in orange, you can delete individual files, or you can select More|Delete All to delete all the items displayed in the filter view. Keep in mind that the documents won't actually be gone, until midnight.

The "Entered by" column shows you who uploaded the file, whereas the "Object" column shows you where the file is located. Keep in mind that files can be attached to almost all record types, from clients and contacts to training events and to sessions. If there is nothing listing the in "Object" column, then it means that the file has been uploaded to the dashboard by an administrator.

Note for SBDCs: When you are looking at all documents, then you will see not only those documents uploaded by the users, but you will also see any documents attached to your EDMIS exports. These documents are shown here for your reference, but keep in mind that they do not impact your storage allocation.

File Attachments in Email

When counseling sessions are added via email (using the postbox feature), things like logos in signatures may count as attachments and eat away at your storage allocation. This happens when you send the logo with your signature in each email message rather than having the image as a link to Web resource (URL). Using a URL is much better since it takes the load off the mail systems, stops needless copies of the image, and allows the browsers/mail applications to cache the object.

For more information on attached documents, view our other popular resource on this topic:

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