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Modern document library missing search ("find a file")?

    Question

  • Is there an easy way to launch a search while in a modern document library? In the classic document library, there was a "find a file" search field:

    But how do you do this from a modern document library?

    Thank you!

    Ryan


    • Edited by rhelmer Monday, December 12, 2016 8:16 PM Changed the modern doc library image to show ... options.
    Monday, December 12, 2016 8:10 PM

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  • Hi rhelmer,

    There is the “Find an item” search box for the document library in modern document library.

    There is a magnifying glass icon in the picture below, it is the “Find an item” search box for the document library.

    It is also the “Find an item” search box for the document library in the picture below.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan


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    • Marked as answer by rhelmer Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:54 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by rhelmer Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:56 PM
    • Marked as answer by rhelmer Wednesday, December 28, 2016 8:20 PM
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:02 AM
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  • Hi rhelmer,

    For your second point, “the Search dialog returns search results only for the doc library selected in the navigation” is not exactly.

    The “Find an item” search box just displays at the top of the left navigation. Then when you search in the “Find an item” search box, the search results are from the current document library and display in the current document library, not the library which is selected in the navigation.

    In simple words, go to site content, you select one library and click the library, then you want to search some items in current document library, you can enter the value in the search box at the top of the left navigation, then the search results will display in the current document library.

    The document library is selected in left navigation or not does not matter to the function of the “Find an item” search box. Because some libraries will not display in the left navigation, they will not be selected in left navigation when you open these libraries.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan



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    Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:23 AM
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  • Hi rhelmer,

    There is the “Find an item” search box for the document library in modern document library.

    There is a magnifying glass icon in the picture below, it is the “Find an item” search box for the document library.

    It is also the “Find an item” search box for the document library in the picture below.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan


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    • Marked as answer by rhelmer Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:54 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by rhelmer Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:56 PM
    • Marked as answer by rhelmer Wednesday, December 28, 2016 8:20 PM
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:02 AM
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  • Thank you, Sara. I didn't realize that the upper left corner search field was specific to the doc library--its position suggests that it is specific to the site, rather than the doc library.

    However, I just created a brand new team site collection, and this search button at the top of the doc library doesn't exist in the default doc library:

    Here's the brand new doc library:

    How do you get the search button at the top of the doc library?



    • Edited by rhelmer Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:51 AM Re-uploaded photo
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:21 PM
  • Hi rhelmer,

    There is no relationship between the location and function of the “Find an item” search box. So the function of the upper left corner search field is to find an item in the current document library. It is not specific to the site.

    About the picture below, the page adjusts automatically according to the display width of the browser. And in the page there is no left navigation, so the “Find an item” search box is at the top of the library.

    If there is left navigation, the “Find an item” search box will locate at the top of the left navigation.

     

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan


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    Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:58 AM
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  • Thank you, Sara--I think I understand now. To clarify the situation:

    • The search button at the top of the document library appears only when the page (browser width) is narrow enough to hide the left side navigation.
    • When the left side navigation is showing, the Search dialog returns search results only for the doc library selected in the navigation. While the UI position of the Search dialog--over all of the doc libraries/lists/etc. of the left side navigation--suggests that it will return search results for all content in the left side navigation, it instead searches only what is selected.
    • If you need to run a search against all content for a site, you must return to Home and use the "Search this site" field.

    If this is incorrect, please let me know. Thank you!

    Ryan

    Thursday, December 15, 2016 4:00 AM
  • Hi rhelmer,

    For your second point, “the Search dialog returns search results only for the doc library selected in the navigation” is not exactly.

    The “Find an item” search box just displays at the top of the left navigation. Then when you search in the “Find an item” search box, the search results are from the current document library and display in the current document library, not the library which is selected in the navigation.

    In simple words, go to site content, you select one library and click the library, then you want to search some items in current document library, you can enter the value in the search box at the top of the left navigation, then the search results will display in the current document library.

    The document library is selected in left navigation or not does not matter to the function of the “Find an item” search box. Because some libraries will not display in the left navigation, they will not be selected in left navigation when you open these libraries.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan



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    Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:23 AM
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  • Hi rhelmer,

    If the reply is helpful to you, you could mark the reply as answer. Thanks for your understanding.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan

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    Monday, December 19, 2016 1:19 AM
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  • Thank you very much, Sara. This was a key point I was missing until now:

    Because some libraries will not display in the left navigation, they will not be selected in left navigation when you open these libraries.

    I think the UX is a little bit confusing, but can be overcome with training.

    Happy Holidays!

    Ryan

    Wednesday, December 28, 2016 8:19 PM
  • Hi rhelmer,

    It is very happy that it is helpful to you.

    Best regards,

    Sara Fan

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    Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:53 AM
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