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Create & Modify Searches

You provide search filters and create new search definitions using the Search Builder panel, displayed underneath the Search Term and Search fields on the Model Search window.

This facility is not available for searches created through the Enterprise Architect scripting facilities.

Access:    Edit | Model Search: Show Search Builder (SearchBuilderButton)

Use to:

  • Create new search definitions and edit them

Search Builder Toolbar:

The search builder toolbar enables you to configure the system-provided searches, and to create and edit your own searches

The toolbar icons, from left to right, provide access to the following functions:



See also

New Search

Create a new search definition, with new search criteria

Create Search Definitions

Save Search

Save a modified or new search


Copy Search

Copy the existing search selected in the Search field, to modify

You can copy:

  • Searches you or other users have created
  • Predefined searches and edit the copies, but you cannot edit the predefined searches themselves


Restore Default

Restore any changed parameters to the default settings and format


Delete Search

Delete the search definition from the Search drop-down list


Add Filter

Add a new set of parameters to filter the search on

Add Filters

Remove Filter

Delete the selected filter from the search


Export Search

Display a selection box that enables you to select searches to export to an external directory as an XML Search file


Import Search

Display the Windows Directory Explorer Open dialog to enable you to import searches as XML Search files from an external directory


Search Options

Display the Advanced Options dialog, to define where the search should operate and how the search should match filters

This icon is available only for searches created with the Query-Builder, and not for those created with the SQL Editor

Advanced Search Options

Create Search Definitions

Search Builder:

You use the main body of the Search Builder panel to configure the element search filters that are contained in the selected search.

The Search Builder panel defaults to a Simple search, which changes as you select to create a new search or select the search to modify.



See also

Search In

Select the type and name of each element feature (the element field name) to search on.



Select the condition of the search parameter (the condition placed on the field value)

The available options are Contains, Equal To, Not Equals and One Of



Fields and Conditions

Look for

Specify the search term (the actual value or delimiting value) to perform the conditional search on

This value can pertain to the selected element type; for example, the value could be a date for DateCreated or a text value for other fields

The search term can contain multiple values, separated by commas


Indicate whether the field is mandatory - that is, whether the search results must include elements with your search term in that field

The following provides example of using the Required checkbox, illustrated by the default Simple search,  which checks the Name, Alias and Notes fields of all elements:

  • If the Required checkbox is not ticked for any field, then if the search term is found in the Name, Alias OR Notes field for an element, that element is listed in the results
  • If the Required checkbox is ticked for all fields in the search, then the search term must be found in all of those fields before the element is listed in the results; that is: Name AND Alias AND Notes
  • If the Required checkbox is ticked for some fields but not others, the search term must be found in all fields for which the checkbox is ticked, and at least one of the fields in which the checkbox is not ticked; that is: Name AND (Alias OR Notes)