You can use the Text Display widget configuration options to customize each instance of the widget that you add to the dashboards.

If you configure the widget to use Text View mode, you must specify the path to the directory that contains the files to read.

You must write the path to the directory as an argument of textDisplay_root in the file.

You can locate the file in the \vmware-vcops\user\conf\web\ directory for a Windows instance of vRealize Operations Manager .

For Linux and virtual appliance instances, the file is in the /vmware-vcops/user/conf/web/ directory.

For example, to specify the path in virtual appliance you must log in to your vRealize Operations Manager virtual machine. Enter the absolute path as an argument of textDisplay_root in the /usr/lib/vmware-vcops/user/conf/web/ file. For example,textDisplay_root = /home/admin/textwidget/ .

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, click Content in the left pane, and click Dashboards. On the Dashboards toolbar, click the plus sign to add a dashboard or the pencil to edit the selected dashboard. In the Dashboard workspace, on the left, click Widget List, and drag a widget to the right pane of the dashboard. On the title bar of the selected widget, click the pencil to access the configuration options.

Text Display Widget Configuration Options




Enter a custom title that identifies this widget from other instances that are based on the same widget template.

Refresh Content

Enable or disable the automatic refreshing of the data in this widget.

If not enabled, the widget is updated only when the dashboard is opened or when you click the Refresh button on the widget in the dashboard.

Refresh Interval

If you enable Refresh Content, specify how often to refresh the data in this widget.

View mode

Display text in Text or HTML format.


Enter the URL.


Navigate to the file that contains the text source.


Validates the correctness of the text file or URL that you enter .