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  • Last Updated : 18 Aug, 2021

The AWS management console for Amazon DynamoDB can be accessed from here

The AWS management console can be used for the following:

  • Perform Table operations like create, update and delete a table from the database.
  • To get additional storage and processing capability.
  • To keep track of all the relevant alerts, insuring a healthy service, and managing the load capacity.
  • Monitoring and managing streams.
  • Make queries to the table in the database.
  • Altering the current capacity of the database.
  • Create and delete global secondary indexes.
  • Add, remove or alter the triggers connected to DynamoDB streams.
  • Organize the database resources using tags.
  • Managing Time to Live(TTL), which decides when to delete a table automatically.

The following list provides a high-level overview of the actions available per table within each navigation tab:

  • Overview – View stream and table details, and manage streams and Time to Live (TTL).
  • Items – Manage items and perform queries and scans.
  • Metrics – Monitor Amazon CloudWatch metrics.
  • Alarms — Manage CloudWatch alarms.
  • Indexes – Manage global secondary indexes
  • Capacity – Modify a table’s provisioned capacity.
  • Triggers – Manage triggers to connect DynamoDB streams to Lambda functions.
  • Access control – Set up fine-grained access control with web identity federation.
  • Tags – Apply tags to your resources to help organize and identify them.

Working with User Preferences

You can configure some of the default settings in the Amazon DynamoDB console. For example, you can change the default query type that is used when you access the Items tab. If you’re signed in to the console as an IAM user, you can store information about how you prefer to use the console. This information, also known as your user preferences, is stored and applied every time you use the console. Any time you access the DynamoDB console, these preferences are applied to all tables in all AWS Regions for your IAM user. They are not table-specific or Region-specific. They don’t affect your interactions with the AWS CLI, DynamoDB API, or other services that interact with DynamoDB.

You can still change individual settings on console pages without having saved any user preferences. Those choices persist until you close the console window. When you return to the console, any saved user preferences are applied.

Note: User preferences are available only for IAM users.

The following items are included in the user preferences:

  • Table detail view mode: View all the table-specific information vertically, horizontally, or covering the full screen.
  • Show navigation bar: Enable this option to show the navigation bar on the left side (expanded). Disable it to automatically collapse the navigation bar.
  • Default entry page (Dashboard or Tables): Choose the page that loads when you access DynamoDB. This option automatically loads the Dashboard or the Tables page, respectively.
  • Items editor mode (Tree or Text): Choose the default editor mode to use when you create or edit an item.
  • Items default query type (Scan or Query): Choose the default query type to use when you access the Items tab. Choose Scan if you want to either enable or disable the automatic scan operation that occurs when accessing the Items tab.
  • Automatic scan operation when accessing the items tab: If Scan is the default query type for items and you enable this setting, an automatic scan operation occurs when you access the Items tab. If you disable this setting, you can perform a scan by choosing Start search on the Items tab.

View and Save User Preferences

You can view and change your user preferences for the DynamoDB console. These settings apply only to your IAM user in the DynamoDB console. They don’t affect other IAM users in your AWS account.

To view and save preferences on the DynamoDB console for your IAM user:

  1. To save and apply your changes, choose Save.
  2. To view the DynamoDB console default settings, choose Restore. These defaults are applied if you choose Save.
  • To return to the console page that you were on previously, choose Back. Or, choose Dashboard to go to the DynamoDB Dashboard page.

The default settings for the preferences are as below:

  • Table detail view mode: Vertical
  • Show navigation bar: Yes
  • Default entry page: Dashboard
  • Items editor mode: Tree
  • Items default query type: Scan
  • Automatic scan operation when accessing the items tab: Yes


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