Performing an advanced search

You can perform an advanced search from any of the applications in IBM® Connections.

Before you begin

For information about the search operators that you can use when performing an advanced search, see Advanced search options.

Click here to view a demo video showing how to perform an advanced search.


To perform an advanced search, complete the following steps.

  1. Click the arrow for the Search field and select Advanced.
  2. Select the applications that you want to search. All the applications are selected by default. You can also search status updates.
  3. Define the scope of your search by selecting one of the following:
    • Search ALL content. Select this option to search all public content and content to which you have access.
    • Search MY content. Select this option to search only the content relating to you.
  4. Enter one or more keywords in the Keywords field.
  5. Enter a tag in the Tags field.

    The tag that you enter in this field must be an exact match for the tag that you are searching for; wildcard characters, such as an asterisk (*), question mark (?), or exclamation point (!) are not supported.

  6. Type a name in the Person field to find content associated with a specified person. Wait for type-ahead to display the name that you want and then select the name.
    Note: By default, users who are marked as inactive in your company directory are excluded from the search results. To include inactive users in your search results, you can select Profiles from the navigation pane on the Search Results page, and then select All People from the Show options.

    Your administrator can override this default setting by updating the Search configuration file.

  7. Enter a title or file name in the Title or File Name field to retrieve entries with the specified title or files with the specified name.
  8. Click Search.

What to do next

Filter the results that display on the Search Results page to find the information you need. For more information, see Working with search results.