During a conversation with a client recently the discussion came up on how to more quickly add a large number of performance counters into the performance view. They had a significant number of counters which they were scrolling through the performance view and checking the checkbox on the left side to add them. There is a quicker way to do this. In the performance view, use the “Items by Text Search” option to search on unique text either by the server name or the counter name as shown below where it is filtered on “% processor”.
Once these are shown, press control-A to select all of the records and then right-click and choose the “Show” option shown below.
Once the Show option is chosen with the counters highlighted they are all added into the performance view.
Summary: Selecting lots of performance counters in a view – filter them by a unique text search, select all of them, right-click and choose show.