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Customizing the Search View

After you have executed a search and displayed a list of results, you can reorganize the display to show items in a different sequence, add or remove columns for particular characteristics, group the items according to one or more characteristics, and/or select various items from the results.



Start > Explore > Search > Search in Model > Results pane  or

Design > Element > Manage > Search Model > Results pane

Keyboard Shortcuts

Crtl+F > Results pane   or

Ctrl+Alt+A > Results pane

Reorganization Options



See also

Sort and Select

In the Model Search you can:

  • Sort the items by any column value in ascending or descending order, by clicking on the column header and on the blue arrowhead at the right of that header
  • For a system-supplied search, display the properties of a selected item of any type, by double-clicking on the item
  • Select:
         -  An item by clicking on it
         -  Several individual items by holding Ctrl as you click on them
         -  A range of items by holding Shift as you click on the first and last in the range
         -  All items in the list by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+A

Change and Resequence Columns using the View Header

The View Header defines the columns of information that are presented by the Model Search, and the order in which data items are presented.

To review the column headings:

  • Right-click on the header and select the 'Field Chooser' option; the 'Field Chooser' dialog displays

From this dialog, you can add columns to or remove columns from the output; between them, the View Header and 'Field Chooser' dialog show the full range of column headers available.

To add a column heading to the View Header:

  • Drag it from the 'Field Chooser' dialog onto the header to the position you want the column of data to display in
  • When you have selected the column headings you require, click on the red cross in the top right corner of the 'Field Chooser' dialog to close it

To remove a column from the output:

  • Drag the column heading downwards out of the View Header

To change the sequence of columns:

  • Drag the required column header left or right, as appropriate

Value Grouping

You can organize the reported data hierarchically according to the value of one or more of the column categories.

You might organize the data by 'Type', and within each 'Type' by 'Name'; if you then click on any of the other column headings, the data within this grouping is further sorted with the values of the selected column (for example, 'Created') in ascending or descending order.

To set up the value grouping, drag the column heading representing the primary grouping (such as 'Author') onto the 'Drag a column header here to group by that column' field.

Now drag the column heading for the next level of grouping (such as 'Status') to the right of the first heading; the two heading titles display as connected blocks, as shown:

You can, if required, add further levels of grouping by dragging other column headings onto the hierarchy (such as 'Created'), and restructure the order by dragging existing or additional headings into the level you want them to hold.

For example, you could make 'Type' the secondary grouping by dragging it to the right of 'Author', or drop 'Status' between 'Author' and 'Type'.

To remove a grouping level, drag the appropriate column heading out of the sequence and below the View header; any subordinate groupings move up a level.

When you have a report with grouped results, you can toggle between the expanded hierarchy and the collapsed (top-level item only) grouping by right-clicking on the View Header and clicking on the 'Collapse All' option.

Filter Bar

The Filter Bar displays underneath the column headings; you can hide or show it by right-clicking on the column headings and clicking on the 'Toggle Filter Bar' option.

The Filter Bar consists of a row of fields, one field per column; as you type a value into one of these fields, the Model Search results are automatically filtered to show entries in the corresponding column that contain the value in the field.

For example:

  • If you type the letter 'F' in the Filter Bar field under the 'Author' column, the results immediately reduce to entries for which the letter 'F' occurs anywhere in the name (Fred, Fitzgibbon, Rufus, Wolf)
  • If you then go on to type 'Fi', the results immediately reduce again to entries for which the combination 'fi' appears in the name (Fitzgibbon, Amalfi)