# View States¶

The main.js and app.css files are available in the ViewState folder of projects.zip.

Most properties can be bound to a view state. If configured, onSettingsChange will pass the value of the view state to the component. If the view state is updated elsewhere in Dashboards, the updated value will be passed to the component via onSettingsChange.

To set the value of the view states use setProperty.

## setProperty¶

Set a value in the property inspector.

api.setProperty(path, value);


### Parameters¶

#### path¶

The path of the property. If that property has been bound to a view state by the user, then the value of that view state will be set instead.

#### value¶

The value to set the property to.

### Example¶

api.setProperty('Basics.Selected', 'new selected value');


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## getProperty¶

onSettingsChange will keep a component updated with changes to its properties, including changes to any underlying bound view states, so usage of getProperty is normally not necessary. However, if needed, a component can retrieve the current value of a property using getProperty.

api.getProperty(path);


### Parameters¶

#### path¶

The path of the property.

### Example¶

api.getProperty('Basics.Selected');


### Response¶

Value of the property. If the property is bound to a view state, the value of the view state will be returned instead.

## getPropertyMeta¶

If further information about a property is required, use getPropertyMeta

api.getPropertyMeta(path);


### Parameters¶

#### path¶

The path of the property.

### Example¶

api.getPropertyMeta('Basics.Selected');


### Response¶

An object containing information about the property, and if applicable, its bindings. Responses will differ depending on the value set in the property.

Generic properties are

property description
path path to the property
type type of binding - (data) if bound to a data source, (viewstate) if bound to a view state or (null) if no binding (simple property)

If the property is a simple property, or is bound to a view state, the object will also contain

property description
value value of the property

If the property is bound to a view state, the object will also contain

property description
viewstateType the kdb type of the view state
defaultValue the default value of the view state