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Finding Data with Advanced Search

Last Modified: April 1, 2021

Use Advanced Search to find files, channel groups, or channels containing specified property values. Combine search conditions with logical operators to define complex search queries.

If you want to search for custom properties, optimize them beforehand to make them searchable.
  1. In Data Navigation, select the DataFinder or the Federation instance you want to search with and click »Connect.

    To search in the search areas of a DataFinder or Federation instance, the instance requires web access. An authorized user can enable web access in Data Indexing. To enable web access, select the instance, click »Manage» »Connect»Remote Access»Web Access, and check Allow access to DataFinder through web connections.

  2. Click the toggle button to enable the Advanced Search.
  3. Click Add search condition to create a search condition.
    Goal Search method
    Find parts of search terms with wildcards Enter wildcards (* and ?) at the end of a search term, for example, exa*. The advanced search uses wildcards only when searching for text properties.
    Combine several search conditions In the Value field, combine the search conditions with AND or OR. If you repeatedly click ... and add further values, Data Navigator combines the values with OR.
    Find a search term containing the text OR or AND In the search term, replace the text OR or AND with /OR or /AND.

    Advanced Search is case-insensitive.

  4. Select the Level at which you want to search for the value of a property.
  5. Select the Property with the value you want to search for.
  6. Select an Operator.
  7. Enter the Value you are searching for. Click ... to open the list of available values for the property you want to search. Double-click a value to insert.
  8. Click OK to add the search condition.
  9. Add additional search conditions.

    Data Navigation enters the logical operators according to the search conditions in the search input area. The names C1, C2, C3, ... refer to the individual search conditions. You can combine several search conditions with AND or OR. Use parentheses to specify the order of the evaluation.

  10. Click Search. The latest search results will replace those from the previous search.
  11. Optional: Save your search query to reuse it.
    1. Click Save and choose a Workspace.

      You cannot enter the name of an existing query to replace it. To edit a query, click Load and select Settings from the More Options menu.

    2. Click OK to make this search query available to users in the specified workspace.
You can now inspect, export, or make your data available in Data Analysis. Refer to Working with Search Results for more information.

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