Components Finder Manage Search Filters

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Provides an overview of the static search filters currently available for use in Smart Search.

How to Access[edit]

  • Select Components  Smart Search from the dropdown menu of the Administrator Panel
  • Select Search Filters in the left sidebar.



Column Headers[edit]

In the table containing search filters these are the different columns as shown below. Click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

  • Checkbox. Check this box to select one or more search filters. To select all search filters, check the box in the column heading.
    Note: Many toolbar actions can work with multiple search filters.
  • Status. Published Help30-Article-status-featured-published-feature-manager-en.png or Unpublished Help30-Article-status-not-published-feature-manager-en.png search filters are shown. Click on the green check mark or the red circle in the Status column to toggle between Published and Unpublished.
  • Title. The name of the search filter. You can open the search filter for editing by clicking on the Title.
  • Created By. Name of the user who created the search filter.
  • Created On. The date on which the search filter was created.
  • Map Count. The number of content maps included in the search filter.
  • ID. This is a unique identification number for this search filter assigned automatically by Joomla. It is used to identify the search filter internally, and you cannot change this number.

Column Filters[edit]

Above the column headers on the right, there are 2 dropdown input fields, Sort Table By: (preset to 'Title ascending') and a number (preset to '20') to display.


These column sorting input fields shows the current method of sorting applied to the table. Use the dropdown field choices and click the column heading name. Alternatively, click on the column heading to sort the list by that column's value.

This will also change the value in the drop field to correspond with the column header name. The list will then be sorted in order by that column and a sort icon (up or down arrow) will show next to the column name. Click a second time to reverse the sort, which will change the corresponding drop field.

  • Title ascending (default). Shows ordering of selected column, ascending or descending.
  • Number of search filters to display. Shows the number of search filters to display on one page, default is 20 search filters. If there are more search filters than this number, you can use the page navigation buttons to navigate between pages.

List Filters[edit]

The List Filters are a series of controls that let you limit what search filters show in the screen. More than one filter may be entered. In this case, only search filters that meet all of the filter conditions will show on the list.

Filter by Partial Title or ID

In the upper left is a search field and 2 buttons.

  • To filter by partial title, enter part of the title and click 'Search' Help30-Search-Button.png
  • To filter by ID number, enter "id:xx", where "xx" is the ID number (for example, "id:29").
  • Click 'Clear' to clear the Filter field and restore the list to its unfiltered state.

Search Tools[edit]

Above the column headings, there is 1 dropdown list box.


Filter by Status Choose whether to show only published or unpublished search filters by selecting the appropriate state from the dropdown list.


The published state of the search filters in Smart Search is independent of their published state elsewhere.

Automatic Pagination[edit]

Page Controls. When the number of search filters is more than one page, you will see a page control bar as shown below. The current page number being viewed is shaded.

  • Start: Click to go to the first page.
  • Prev: Click to go to the previous page.
  • Page numbers: Click to go to the desired page.
  • Next: Click to go to the next page.
  • End: Click to go to the last page.


At the top left you will see the toolbar.


The functions are:

  • New. Opens the editing screen to create a new search filter.
  • Edit. Opens the editing screen for the selected search filter. If more than one search filter is selected (where applicable), only the first search filter will be opened. The editing screen can also be opened by clicking on the Name of the search filter.
  • Publish. Makes the selected search filters available to visitors to your website.
  • Unpublish. Makes the selected search filters unavailable to visitors to your website.
  • Check-in. Checks-in the selected search filters. Works with one or multiple search filters selected.
  • Statistics. Shows some basic statistics on Smart Search.
  • Delete. Deletes the selected search filters. Works with one or multiple search filters selected.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited.

Quick Tips[edit]

Smart Search is not enabled by default. If you are new to Smart Search then you should read the Smart Search quickstart guide.

Related Information[edit]

Help Screens[edit]

Component Description
Indexed Content

Provides an overview of the content items that have been indexed on a Joomla site.

Content Maps

Provides an overview of the content maps currently in the Smart Search index.

Search Filters (this screen)

Provides an overview of the static search filters currently available for use in Smart Search.

Search Filters Edit

This is where you can

  • Add a new Search Filter.
  • Edit an existing Search Filter.

Smart Search Options configuration allows setting of parameters used globally for Smart Search.

Menu Item Description

Used to create a page for Smart Search Results, which can be used in conjunction with a Smart Search module to control Search Results Page's layout.

Module Description
Smart Search

Smart Search is an enhanced site search.