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Finding Data with a Quick Search

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Last Modified: November 7, 2019

Use the Quick Search to find search terms in the file properties of a DataFinder instance. You use the quick search if you only have parts of the information you are searching for, or if you do not know whether the information you are searching for is in a file, a channel group, or a channel.

  1. In Data Navigation, select the DataFinder or the Federation instance you want to search with and click .
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    To search in the search areas of a DataFinder or Federation instance, the instance requires web access permissions. An authorized user can assign web access permissions by clicking »Manage»Remote Access»Web Access.

  2. Click Quick Search if the quick search is not already enabled.
  3. Enter a search term.
    Goal Solution
    Find several search terms Separate several search terms with spaces.
    Use wildcards to find parts of search terms Find parts of search terms with wildcards (* and ?). You can only use wildcards at the end of a search term, for example, exa*.
    Find numeric values Use the advanced search because the quick search always interprets search terms as text. For example, if you enter the search term 100, Data Navigation searches for the text 100 and not for the numeric value 100.
    Find search terms containing special characters Use the advanced search because the quick search replaces the special characters in a search term with spaces.
    Find case-sensitive search terms Not possible because neither the quick search nor the Advanced Search are case-sensitive.
  4. Click Search.
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    The search results list always contains the search results of the previous search.

  5. Optional: Select a file found in the search and click Properties Display on the right side of the window to display its properties. The Properties Display window shows all standard and custom properties. Non-optimized custom properties are highlighted in gray.
  6. Optional: Open the Channel Preview to get a preview of a channel. Move the cursor to view single channel values.
  7. Optional: Click »Export File (Original Format) or »Export File As to export the selected files to zip files. You can export the files in every format for which you have registered a writing DataPlugin.
  8. Optional: Click »Add File to Data Cart to copy the selected files to the clipboard and to make them available for analysis with Data Analysis.

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