How to setup a Synology NAS Part 3: A quick tour of Disk Station Manager (DSM) user interface

In this series of video’s we take a look at how you perform a basic setup and configuration of a Synology, Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. This series of videos was created to try and offer a reference point to assist you in the setup of your own NAS.

Having already installed a copy of Synology’s Disk Station Manager (DSM) onto our NAS. In this video, we take a quick tour of the main elements that make up the user interface of the DSM. This is to familiarise ourselves with the location of settings and functions, in preparation for future videos where we begin to configure the NAS.

The Main Menu

When selected, the Main menu will display any applications that have been installed onto your NAS. While these applications will have been installed via Package Centre. The Main menu acts as a quick way to find and load an application.

Package Centre

Package Centre is Synology’s equivalent to an App Store. This is where you can find and install either Synology designed or third party applications. When choosing applications to install we prefer to use Synology applications as they will have been better optimised for your hardware.

Control Panel

The Control Panel is the location where you will find most of the settings for your NAS. Within Control Panel you can setup file shares, set permissions and adjust settings on your NAS.

File Station

File Station is the default file manager built into Disk Station Manager. Within File Station you can access, rename, move or delete files and folders stored on your NAS. 

DSM Help

DSM Help is a basic set of help articles. However, you might also find the Synology Knowledge Centre to be of more use. 


Notifications provide basic information about the status of your NAS, and when something changes. These changes can include, if a backup was successful or if a hard drive is about to fail. 


Option is the person shaped icon that can be found in the top right hand corner of Disk Station Manager. It is used for basic account control and to either log out or reboot your NAS. The settings available within Options are determined by the type of account being used. For example, if you log into the DSM with a standard user account, functions like Restart and Shutdown will not be available.  


Search as the name suggests, provides you with basic search functionality for your NAS.


Widgets are small application windows that sit on the desktop of Disk Station Manager. While limited in their scope they can be useful to monitor your NAS.

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