ServiceNow System Properties
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Smaller values cause the system to issue a larger number of less complex queries. Larger values reduce the number of queries at the cost of additional complexity per query. In the absence of known database issues stemming from large join counts, this property should remain unchanged.
This property is used to limit database join complexity and size in a particular query. Though ServiceNow uses relational database model, however it is better to use fewer joins in order to prevent any database performance issue. By default, this parameter is set to 10 which should remain unchanged so that database queries work efficiently without any performance issue.
This property can be used to set dashboard refresh intervals in seconds (for e.g. 900,1800,3600). Accordingly refresh intervals will be available for dashboard for users.
This property can be used to set the Boolean flag (True/False) in order to turn on/off the feature of logging the information/comment in task Work Notes field.
This property can be used to set the Boolean flag (True/False) to turn on/off the feature of re-computation of escalations on every Save/Update action for any ticket.
This property can be used to set the Boolean flag (True/False) to turn on/off the feature of logging verbose escalation messages.
Maximum numerical limit value can be set in relation to historical updates availability for any record. These number of updates shows up from the point when record was actually created initially until some records are omitted, when the maximum field entry value exceed. (For e.g. the default value is set to 10).
Activity formatter will use the maximum number set for this property and display up to those number of field entries in record history. Please note that most recent field entries are shown at the starting entries list in Activity formatter. The maximum number can be set as 250. By the way, the default maximum value is 250 for this property.
History access can be provided to specific users by setting list of roles (comma-separated) in this property. Users having those roles will be able to access the history.
This Boolean property can be set to turn on/off the feature to generate task number only upon insert action. This way it helps to prevent the generation of unused task numbers.
This property can be used to set the icon used for iPhone home page bookmarks. It can be overridden in the company record with a custom user image.
This property can be used to set the window title at the rightmost portion of the page header and browser title.
This property can be used to set the style for product description next to banner. (For e.g. padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 4px;)
This property can be used to set the icon for the ‘Help’ link in the welcome banner. Please note that it must be uploaded first before the property setting.
This property value act as global setting for the URL the help icon directs to. Value for this property must be empty for context-sensitive help to work. Users simply click the help icon to open the help page provided by ServiceNow. For any page that does not have context-sensitive help defined, a search for relevant content on the ServiceNow Wiki opens (starting with the Eureka release). In versions prior to Eureka, the main ServiceNow Wiki page opens.
This property can be set for the icon image to be displayed in bookmarks and browser address bar.
This property can be set for banner image displayed at the top of the page. This property value can be overridden by banner text and banner image defined for the company that a user is assigned to.
This property can be set for window title part appearing at the leftmost portion of the page header and browser title
This property can be set CSS properties to display product name next to banner. Often, this style is set to “display: none” so that the product name is not displayed, but still used as part of the Window Title.
This property can be used to specify the type of labels that are displayed for all reference fields on any form. This global property can be overridden for any field by setting the short_label=true or long_label=true attribute for the field in the Dictionary.
Set this property to use short labels for all fields. For example, if a form contains the caller’s email address, use the “Email” label rather than the full label of “Caller Email”.
This property can be used to set the date format used for date representation.
(For e.g. yyyy-MM-dd)
Note that MM is months, where mm indicates minutes. The format string consists of the following abbreviations:
yyyy (4 digits)
yy (2 digits), y (2 or 4 digits)
MMM (name or abbr.)
MM (2 digits), M (1 or 2 digits)
Day of Month
dd (2 digits)
d (1 or 2 digits)
This property can be used to set the time format for time representation.
(For e.g. HH:mm:ss).
The format string consists of the following abbreviations:
hh (2 digits)
h (1 or 2 digits)
HH (2 digits)
H (1 or 2 digits)
mm (2 digits)
m (1 or 2 digits)
ss (2 digits)
s (1 or 2 digits)
This property can be used to set the System timezone, used as default for calendars and users. Mostly Olson/zoneinfo timezone values are accepted.
This property can be set to prompt user for logout request confirmation.
This property can be used to set the prefix path that is used while accessing user’s ServiceNow instance.
This property can be set to allow physical update of the database only when fields have changed in value.
This property can be set for upgrade script used in particular instance.
This property can be used to set the number of days (integer) after which Resolved incidents are automatically closed.
If set as Zero (0), it will disable this feature.
This property can be used to set ‘Items per page’ drop-down options (comma separated, no spaces). (For e.g. 10,15,20,50,100)
This property can be used to turn on/off the feature to maintain a history of records visited by each user.
This property can be used to set the default wait time between keystrokes for a dynamic drop-down choice list (milliseconds). (For e.g. 250)
This property can be set for maximum number of items to show for a dynamic drop-down choice list.
This Boolean property allow to turn on/off the feature to use tiny URLs when a redirect URL becomes too large. This ensures that URLs that are too large for Internet Explorer (greater than 2083) are not used. Instead, they are converted to a tiny URL as a workaround for the Internet Explorer issue.
This property is set for minimum length of a redirect URL that is turned into a tiny URL. The default value is to 1024.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, will turn on the ServiceNow feature to show user IDs instead of email addresses in Activity header for emails. Basically the instance searches for a user record based on matching email address in User table. If any matching user record is found, it displays user IDs in email header. If no matching user record is found, the email address is displayed. Default value is “false”.
This property allows to customize the list of roles that can view mail in the Activity formatter when including “Sent/Received Emails”. The list of roles need to be specified in the format of comma-separated string values. Default value is “itil”.
This property, if set with appropriate image filename path, enables to use “Assigned To” image in Activity formatter. For e.g. “images/icons/user.gifx”
This property, if set with appropriate image filename path, enables to use Assignment group image in Activity formatter.
This property, if set with appropriate image filename path, enables to use Additional comments image used in Activity formatter.
This property, if set with appropriate image filename path, enables to use Work notes image used in Activity formatter.
This property allows to change the style of additional comments and provide customized background color in Activity formatter. For e.g. “background-color: WhiteSmoke”
This property allows to change the style of Work Notes in Activity formatter. Other fields can also be customized by creating new UI Properties.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, enable the advanced UI and allows to show “Save”, “Insert” and “Insert and Stay” buttons on forms.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, enable the right click to edit context menu on applications in the navigator.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, allow attachment drag and drop in supported HTML5 browsers.
This property can be set with list of system tables (beginning with “sys_”, comma separated) for which the audit history tracks deletions. Please note that by default, system tables do not have the delete audited. So for any system table to audited for deletions need to be included in the comma separated string value for this property. Default value for this property is “sys_user,sys_user_group,sys_user_role,sys_user_has_role,sys_user_grmember,sys_group_has_role,sys_security_acl_role”
This property enables a feature wherein integer value set decides the number of days for automatic closure of Resolved incidents. If Zero (0) is set, it disables this feature.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, enables a feature wherein buttons like Submit, Update, etc. are shown at end of form.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, enables a feature wherein buttons like Submit, Update, etc. are shown in form header.
This property help to manage the use of Global Text Search feature in ServiceNow by allowing the access to specific roles. The list of roles is set as string in comma-separated format in this property. The default value for this property is “itil,text_search_admin,admin”
This property can be customized to set the width (in terms of pixels) for all choice list on the instance. Default value for this property is set to 160 that means by default all choice lists use a width of 160 pixels.
This property enables the appearance of missing choice list entries. It is advisable to set this Boolean property to “true” to avoid any issue related to dynamically created choice list entries.
This property, if set to “true”, turn on the feature of opening a new window when the related object icon is clicked on any form in a ServiceNow instance. An additional icon is shown beside the field for referenced object. To avoid the creation of new window, keep this property as “false”.
This property, if set to “true”, allow replacing the current screen for a related object. It works along with glide.ui.clickthrough.popup property. If both property are “true”, two different icons are shown for referenced object. Icon for glide.ui.clickthrough.popup property (when clicked) opens new window for referenced details. Icon for glide.ui.clickthrough.replace property (when clicked) loads referenced object details on same screen. If glide.ui.clickthrough.replace property is “false”, it can’t replace referenced details on same screen as its icon is not displayed.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, enable client side validation of integer fields.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, turn on a feature wherein client validates mandatory field population.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, enable client side validation of numeric fields.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, show a popup to user while navigating away from a modified form. The pop up shows two options. One to proceed further without saving the modifications. Second option to cancel the navigation and stay on same form.
This property help to control the email client autocomplete search result behaviors. The integer value set decides the maximum number of autocomplete matches to return to the email client. If glide.ui.email_client.autocomplete.group property is turned on, in that case, email client autocomplete search result feature applies to users and groups both. However the count applies separately for users and groups.
This Boolean property, if set to “true”, allows to include groups in email client autocomplete results. The count set for glide.ui.email_client.autocomplete.count property applies separately for users and groups.
This property allows to override the email ‘From:’ address in the email client. Normally “From” field is not displayed in the email client and it uses default email property values of Outgoing email display name (glide.email.username) and User email (glide.email.user). This property, if set to “true”, activate the feature wherein an editable “From” field is displayed in the email client.
This property allows to override the email ‘Reply to:’ address in the email client. This property , if set to “true”, activate the feature wherein ‘Reply to:’ address line is displayed in the email client.
This property, if set to “true”, validates mandatory field value and produce a ‘mandatory’ error during an update when a mandatory field begins with a null value.
This Boolean property enable User Interface filters on ServiceNow instance.
Setting this property to “false” disable the form focus on form load. If “true”, on form load, focus is on first writable element on the form.
If this property set to “true”, it remove “Remember me” checkbox from login page.
This property allow multiple splits within a single form section. If this property is set to true, three options “|- begin_split -|”,”|- split -|” and “|- end_split -|” appear in the Available column of the configure form slushbucket. Each of these split options creates a form group. Such form group contain two columns. It enables to create elements that span the form at the top of the form and also multiple two-column split element groups within the form,More info go through ServiceNow Developer Training Online Blog