Filtering Patch View

Information displayed in the top pane can easily be filtered to narrow the focus to only those patches of interest. One way to do this is by using the Smart Filter.

The Smart Filter initially contains one default filter (*All Patches). Any patch groups you create will also become default filters. Default filters are identified by a leading asterisk. Default filters cannot be modified or deleted.

Custom Filters

You can create your own custom filters. This is a powerful tool that enables you to specify exactly which patches you want displayed in Patch View. Each custom filter is comprised of one or more rules. You can define as many rules in a filter as needed.

To create a new filter:

  1. Click New.

The Smart Filter dialog is displayed:

  1. Specify which rules in the filter must be matched.

  1. Define one or more rules.

To define a rule, select an option in each of the first two logic boxes and then type the criteria in the third box. To add another rule simply click Add Rule.

  1. Type a name for the filter.

  2. When you are finished defining your custom filter, click Save/Rename.


Assume you want to see a list of all critical patches for Internet Explorer. You simply create a filter similar to the following: