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Advanced Search

Locate documents in the vault using multiple search criteria using logical operators. You can search for configuration-specific properties, search in hidden projects, and generate a report from the results.

For a simplified search tool, click Simplified in the Advanced Search dialog box.
If metadata indexing is enabled for the vault, all document revisions are searched. Otherwise, only the latest revisions are searched.
Searches can be very slow if you search the entire vault. Searches are faster if you:
  • Clear Search configuration specific properties
  • Narrow the search to one project or parent document with Search only children of
  • Select Ignore links

To access the Advanced Search dialog box, in SOLIDWORKS, right-click the vault view and select Find/Search. In SOLIDWORKS Explorer, select the document and click Search Vault (mini toolbar).

Save or Load Criteria

Save Criteria To save the list of criteria, click Save Criteria. In the dialog box, browse to a folder, type a file name (default file name extension .sqy), then click Save.
Load Criteria To load a list of criteria saved previously, click Load Criteria, browse to a file, then click Open.


Ignore case For text string searches, ignore the text case.
Ignore links Do not search links or shortcuts.
Search configuration specific properties  


Select either Backward or Forward to search from the current location in the vault directory.


Include hidden projects The report in Search Results includes results from projects that are hidden from the current user.
Maximum number of results Limits the report in Search Results to the number you enter.


Search only children of Limits the scope of the search by specifying a project or parent document. The contents and children of the selected item are searched.

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