Filters Tab

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With the advanced search features on the Filters tab, you can define more specific search criteria for the document or object you are looking for. The more search criteria you use in the advanced search, the more likely you are to find the exact object you want. This way, you can prevent the search from returning too many results.

Advanced search features can be opened by clicking the Filters tab in the right pane. The Filters tab is also opened whenever you activate the quick search field.

Your search results are updated in real time according to the selected search filters.

The Filters tab contains the following search options:


You can choose whether to search metadata, file contents, or both. By default, both metadata and file contents are searched.


When you have a specific view open, you can choose to search only within the view that you are currently in. Note that the View option is shown only if you currently have a view open on the listing area. The View option is shown also for external views. However, the View option does not work if your system administrator has not rebuilt the search index of the external repository.


You may broaden or narrow down your search by selecting the repositories that you want to include in your search. To do so, check the repositories that you want to include in your search.

Object type

You can also narrow down your search by selecting one or more of the object types in the list.

Default search filters

You can set frequently used search options to be remembered by M-Files so that you do not need to reselect them in the future. For more information, see Default Search Filters.