What's in it for you
If you’re looking for specific content in Showpad to share it with your customers or prospects, you can rely on the search functionality to help you out. It features an array of filters designed to quickly narrow down search results to what is suitable for you. In this article, you can find out how the search option works in the Showpad app of your preferred platform.
- Find the content you want
- Search for filenames and tags
- Look for text inside documents on iOS, Android, and our Web app
You need this to succeed
- Content available in your Showpad app
- The Showpad app installed on one of these devices
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See how it's done on iOS
Searching for files
You can perform a search for files from the content page or from within channels or folders. The same principles and procedures apply regardless of where you launch your search. Also, launching a search from within a channel does not restrict search results to content present in that specific channel. In this article, we will perform a search using the search bar on the content page.
- If the search bar is not visible yet, tap and hold the screen and slide down.
- Tap the search bar on the content page.
- If you want to launch a search from within a channel, tap the search icon in the top menu.
- Type a keyword. Your search results appear dynamically as you start typing.
- If you don’t want to perform a keyword-based search but want to apply a filter to all your available content, tap the space on your iPad's keyboard in the empty search bar to display all available content. Then, tap Change Filter.
- Tap View File Types and tap the file type you would like to display. You can only select one file type.
- If you want to filter based on tags, tap View Tags and tap the required tag(s). You can select multiple tags to search for documents that have at least one of the selected tags.
- When you’re done, tap outside the Refine Search Results menu to access the search result list.
Searching for words inside documents
To perform a search to find keywords inside documents, follow the steps described below.
- Open the document in which you want to perform your search.
- Tap the three dots and select Search File.
- Enter a keyword in the search field. If you want to search for multiple keywords, enter them in the search field separated by a space (no commas or other symbols). Tap Search.
- The search result list will display all pages in the document that contain your keyword(s) along with the number of times it was found. When using multiple keywords, you will see all pages where one of the keywords was found. The keyword is also highlighted on the result pages and pages that contain your keyword(s) are outlined in yellow.
See how it's done on Android
Searching for files
- To start a search, just tap the Search icon on the Content screen or the Channel screen. Both search options have the same behavior and will search in all the available content.
- The search will look for file names, folder names, tags, and channel names.
- You can filter the results based on some file specifications.
- Select the type of document you'd like to see.
- Filter your results based on (multiple) tags.
Searching for keywords inside documents
- Open a text document and tap the three dots on the top right of the page.
- You can search on one keyword or use an exact matching phrase.
- The keyword or phrase you're looking for will be highlighted.
See how it's done on Windows
When you are looking for a specific file in Showpad but don’t know exactly where to find it, it's easiest to use the search function.
- To start the search, just tap the search icon in the top right corner. You can filter on document type, tag, and sort by date and name.
- You can filter search results based on tags.
See how it's done on the Web app
With the search function on our Web app, we give you the ability to find the correct matching documents based on:
- whether the word appears in the title
- whether the word appears in the document and is a stemmed version of that word. We support multiple languages so words are appropriately matched to their language-specific stem
- whether the word is part of a tag
Importantly, the Showpad search will try to spell correct any words. If you enter "select premium package," our engine will automatically offer to correct that to "select premium package."
We also highlight the search terms and the context at which they appear in your text, so when you are looking for exactly that quote you need during your meeting, we don't just highlight the search word in the text but we expose the sentence (the context). You don't even have to open the document to state that quote.
See this in action
Showpad search starts with an autocomplete option that gives you suggestions as you type. This works with titles and tags. If you want to search within any document (PDF, Office files), simply click Advanced Search.
If you want to add filters, you can do that by searching tags, titles, exact phrases, or the type of content.
Any language compatible with Showpad is supported. Share the results immediately via a link, email, or add them to a Collection.