The Local Search tool is useful when searching large data locations and if you wish to save searches to be run multiple times.
To launch the Local Search tool, go to:
Utilities | Local Search ()
or Ctrl + Shift + F ( + Shift + F on Mac)
You can choose to search across all CLC Locations or you can specify a single Location to search.
You can search for terms in the names of elements or folders, as well as terms in the path to those elements or folders. If you have defined local (custom) attributes for any of your CLC Locations, the contents of these can also be searched.
More than one search term can be added by clicking on the Add search parameters button. To search for terms of the same type (e.g. terms in names), you can just add multiple terms in the same search field, as described below.
Click on the Search button to start the search.
The examples below refer to searches where the following elements are present in a CLC Location.
- E. coli reference sequence
- Broccoli sequence
- Coliform set
Search with a single term to look for any element or folder with a name containing that term.
Example 1: A search for coli would return all 3 elements listed above.
Search with two or more terms to look for any element or folder with a name containing all of those terms.
Example 2: A search for coli set would return "Coliform set" but not the other two entries listed in the earlier example.
Search with two or more words in quotes to look for any element or folder name containing those words, appearing consecutively, in the order provided. Whole words must be used within quotes, rather than partial terms.
For searching purposes, words are the terms on either side of a space, hyphen or underscore in a name. The names of elements and folders are split into words when indexing.
Example 3: A search for "coli reference" would find an element called "E. coli reference sequence".
Example 4: A search for "coli sequence" would not return any of the elements in the example list. In the name "E. coli reference sequence", the words coli and sequence are not placed consecutively, and in "Broccoli sequence", "coli" is a partial term rather than a whole word.
Why only words when searching with quotes? The use of quotes allows quite specific searches to be run quickly, but only using words, as defined by the indexing system.
Tip: Searches with whole words are faster than searching with partial terms. If a term is a word in some names but a partial term in others, the hits found using the complete word are returned first. E.g. searches with the term cancer would return elements with names like "cancer reads" and "my cancer sample" before an element with a names like "cancerreads".
Note: Wildcards (
* ? ~) are ignored in basic searches. If you wish to define a search using wildcards, use the advanced search functionality of Quick Search.
Local searches can be saved (), so that the same search can be run again easily. Saving a search saves the query, not the results.
The search you just set up can be saved by doing one of the following:
- Choose Save As... from under the File menu, or
- Click on the tab of the search view and drag and drop it into a folder in the Navigation Area.
These actions save the search query. (It does not save the search results.)
This can be useful when you run the same searches periodically.