filter/search function will not include a group within a group

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11 Jan, 2018 02:53 PM

The search or filter function, whatever you want to call it, with the except of All Notes/Flagged/All Due Notes, will only go one level deep when searching for notes with your search term. So if you highlight a group to search, it will not include any groups that are contained within it. For example, say you have a group named Animals, and within it you have some four stacks directly under this group plus two groups acting as subgroups within it named Mammals, Reptiles, and Fish. Then, say you have a note with the term "bluegill" that resides in a stack within the group Fish. If you highlight Animals and search for the term "bluegill" within it, it will only yield results from notes that are in the four stacks directly under the group Animals, but no notes from Fish. So that note with the term "bluegill" will not show up in the search results.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 12 Jan, 2018 07:15 AM

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    That is true. The idea is that it filters what is on the screen. When you select a group, it only shows the stacks directly in that group, it doesn't recurse into the subgroups. So when you filter, it only filters those same stacks.

    But I hear you would like to see filter, and I assume also just the notes browser, showing all descendants of a group. We will think about this.

    Thanks for the feedback!
    Kind regards,

  2. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 12 Jan, 2018 07:15 AM.

  3. zeppo re-opened this discussion on 12 Jan, 2018 04:32 PM

  4. 2 Posted by zeppo on 12 Jan, 2018 04:32 PM

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    Thanks. I hope you can make this change, because it is of limited usefulness to only search cards in a group that are not in any subgroups. If you were to reverse the method, and I found I wanted to isolate a search of cards within a group that are *not* in a subgroup, well, that is *easily* remedied by simply giving those cards a home in a subgroup. But to do a search for all cards in a group, including those is subgroups, is *not* easily remedied. Depending on how many subgroups you have, in can require *many* separate searches, with and then having to flag or tag all the results if you for some reason want to see them all together on the screen (less important for me, but perhaps for someone else). Currently when I am reviewing material I am studying and want to see if I've already covered it with previous cards, it not a simple task.

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 12 Jan, 2018 04:41 PM

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    I think a half workaround is to search in All Notes. Believe that will search everything. You can’t limit to a group though, of course.


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