Article last updated on the 4th of May 2020.
The Advanced Search webpart can be used to navigate a solution based on metadata and predefined search sets of criteria, search queries, and eventually refine the search results.
One use case for the webpart could be a worker in a production facility needing to locate the process guidelines for checking the assembly of an item. The worker can simply enter the name of the item and quickly access the guidelines without having to navigate through the entire portfolio of guidelines or items.
This makes it possible for workers in a specific line of work to search for and access documents about specific areas related to their work without them having access to the entire WorkPoint solution.
The webpart can be highly customized, and can be set up to e.g. only search for documents within specific criteria. Additionally, the webpart can contain multiple search configurations, which can be switched between for searching through various different kinds of entities and documents.
The following image is an example of how the Advanced Search webpart may look:
2. End User Guide
The following sections will describe how to use the Advanced Search webpart. the Advanced Search webpart can be used either with or without Smart Navigation. Both scenarios are described in the following material.
2.3. Using saved searches
Saved searches can be used to quickly perform common search queries and have results shown using a predefined result group and using a predefined scope. Saved searches are set up for Search Settings, and can be used in the following way:
22. In the Advanced Search webpart, click the Saved Searches selector.
23. Click the Saved Search you wish to use. In this example, a Saved Search which uses the search query "design" is used. This Saved Search uses a result group which shows all results, and uses the "Current entity" scope. The following image shows the result of using this Saved Search:
24. If a Saved Search is currently being used, click the empty space to clear the selection.
Note that Saved Searches like the "design" Saved Search can be used on all levels of the Smart Navigation of the webpart. In the following example, the "Process Descriptions" Term is selected in the Smart Navigation, and the "design" Saved Search is used:
Note that the Advanced Search webpart is highly scalable, but works differently depending on how much space it has available. Refer to the User Guides for the webpart for more information.