If you’ve added metadata fields to your documents, rejoice: now you can search them!
I’ll set metadata on two documents for a quick demonstration:
I’ve set metadata on this document….
… And then I set metadata on this second document….
Now, I can search these new fields by prepending [Field Name]: to the search:
Search can now include custom fields
Here are the subtle rules. Consider them an addendum to our previous search syntax blog post:
Date:2015-11-08will match all documents containing the phrase “2015-11-08” in the “Date” field (assuming you created a “Date” field).
date:2015-11-08will not match any documents in this example. (Field names are case-sensitive.) “Full Name”:John Smith lets you specify a field name with spaces. (Field names with spaces or parentheses must be quoted.)
Author:Adam H*will search for any phrase starting with “Adam H” in the “Author” field. (All usual search syntax works on metadata fields.)
Be wary when your field names clash with Overview’s built-in names.
title:Overviewcontinue to search the actual documents’ texts and titles, not any “text” or “title” metadata fields you may have added. If you have a metadata field named “text“, you can force a metadata search by quoting the field name: for instance,
We search all metadata the same way we search document text: we ignore punctuation, and don’t support number or date comparisons (e.g. “search for all documents with a Date within the past year”.)