Navigating SOLAR Tip and Tricks

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Last Updated: March 10, 2016

Logging into SOLAR

Go to:  www.stonybrook.edu/solarsystem

NOTE:  The SOLAR password is case sensitive.

The SOLAR Welcome Page

  • To login click the SOLAR LOGIN button.
    • Enter your netID and password.
  • Save this page to your Browser Favorites by:  On your keyboard, press <Crtl> + D
  • Your SOLAR session will time out after 20 minutes of inactivity.
  • Remember to save the information you've entered frequently.

Navigation Tips

Image of navigation tips.

  • Click Home to go back to the Homepage.
  • Click Add to Favorites to bookmark a page to refer back to it (within SOLAR).
  • Click Sign out to leave SOLAR.

Other Functions

  1. Use the options at the top right of the records list when viewing records..
    Image of the other options toolbar

    • Customize - the data by personalizing the columns and change the sort order
    • Find - a keyword among the records
    • View All - data with rather than scrolling through the pages
    • Image of the New Window button- Pops data into its own window
    • Image of the Download button - Download the data into a spreadsheet.  *You may have to scroll horizontally to see this button.
    • Image of the Next Record button - User the arrows to scroll through the pages of data
    • Image of the Download to Excel button Some of the report pages have a Download to Excel button. Click this button to download the information to an Excel spreadsheet.
  2. At the bottom of most pages..
    Image if Save, Next and Preview buttons
    Save – FREQUENTLY!!
    Return to Search - brings you back to the search page so that you can search for another record.
    Next in List - brings you to the next record in the search result list. This is especially helpful when you are approving time sheets.

  3. You may see the word Processing blinking in the right upper corner of the window. You cannot do anything until it stops blinking.
    Image of the Process wheel
  4. Using the Look up Function:

Image of the Look up IconSome fields have a magnifying glass (Lookup button) next to them. Click this button to go to the Lookup page for this field. 
In this example we are looking up 4-digit Zips:

Image of the Look up screen

  • Click the Lookup button on this page and a list of valid values will be displayed.
  • Use the arrows or View All to scroll through the choices.
  • Click a value to select it.
  • Or, click Cancel to return to the original page without selecting a value.
  • Click Clear to clear the search and start over.

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