How to use search features to find content quickly
Use these instructions to learn all the tricks of searching on your ThoughtFarmer intranet. Your intranet search is actually pretty cool and includes special sections for finding people and groups. You can narrow down the scope of search to within any section of the intranet, search just for people or groups, or browse all site content. You can also search the web and other third-party systems from within your intranet.
Search field in the app toolbar
Search field expands when you click in it
The left hand SuperNav allows you to browse through the site navigation or perform a section search on pages with subpages.
Search filters can help to narrow down search results by:
- content type (is it a page, a file, or a comment?)
- the date when content was added,
- who has edited pages,
- who owns pages
- tag (learn about tags).
When searching the People Directory, you can narrow results by:
- last name
- expertise and skills
- location or other group types
If cloud drive integration is enabled on your intranet, you can also use the main intranet search to find files and folders in cloud drives like Google Drive, OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Box.
Recently viewed pages and Recent searches: When you click in the search field in the app toolbar, a dropdown will show you recently viewed pages and three of your recent searches that resulted in you clicking on a search result. Click on a recently viewed page to view it, or click on a recent search to see the results of that search.
Search by content type or directory: When you click in the search field in the app toolbar, on the left you see that the default search selection is All (the entire intranet and any enabled cloud drives will be searched).
Click on All to open a dropdown menu that allows you to constrain your search to a content type (pages, files, or news/blog items) or a specific directory (people directory or groups directory). Select the content type or directory you want to search, enter your search term and press Enter to perform your search and see those specific results.
Did you mean: If you spell a word wrong when searching, Did you mean... helps out by suggesting the word you might have meant.
Find as you type search: When searching from the main search box, ThoughtFarmer will automatically search the intranet when you briefly pause typing. Search results show up in a dropdown menu and you can navigate to results without having to go to the search results page itself.
Search cloud drives: If your intranet admin has enabled it, you can search for files on cloud drives like Google, OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Box. To learn more, see Search cloud drives.