Help310:Menus Menu Item Finder Search

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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. Ability to 'can' Smart Search results to specific filters to control a search.

How To Access

To create a new Search Menu Item:

  • Select Menus  [name of the menu] from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation (for example, Menus  Main Menu).
  • Click the New Toolbar button to create a new menu item.
  • Click the Menu Item Type Select button Help30-Menu-Item-Type-Select-Button-en.png and then click the Search Menu Item link under Smart Search.

To edit an existing Search Menu Item, click its Title in Menu Manager: Menu Items.




Details Tab

For more information please see Menu Item Manager: Details Tab

Required Settings

This menu item type requires that you select the following.

  • Menu Title: The title that will display for this menu item.
  • Menu Item Type: The Menu Item Type selected when this menu item was created. This can be one of the core menu item types or a menu item type provided by an installed extension.
  • Menu. Shows which menu the link will appear in.

Optional Settings

  • Search Content Maps. Optional, used to search in content map title.
  • Search Filters. Select from list of <Search filter> in drop down to limit searches to the selected filter.
Note: Filters must be created using Smart Search Filters before they are populated to this drop down list.

Advanced Options Tab

Basic Options

  • Date Filters. Show the start and end date filters in Advanced Search.
  • Show: Show filter in Advanced Search.
  • Hide: Hide this filter in Advanced Search.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.
  • Advanced Search. Users should be able to see the Advanced Search.
  • Show: Show Advanced Search.
  • Hide: Hide Advanced Search.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.
  • Expand Advanced Search. Show Advanced Search in expanded state by default.
  • Show: Show Expanded Advanced Search in results by default.
  • Hide: Hide Expanded Advanced Search in results.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.
  • Result Description: Show a description under link in search results.
  • Show: Show description in search results.
  • Hide: Hide description in search results.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.
  • Description Length. Number of characters of the description in search results. Enter <number> in field, default is 255.
  • Result URL: Show the result item's URL in search results. The URL is located under the description.
  • Show: Show URL in search results.
  • Hide: Hide the URL in search results.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.

Advanced Options

  • Display Select. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Whether to hide or show the Display # control that allows the user to select the number of items to show in the list. An example of how it is shown in the Front End (website) view below.
If there are more items than this number, you can use the page navigation buttons (Start, Prev, Next, End, and page numbers) to navigate between pages. Note that if you have a large number of items, it may be helpful to use the Filter options, located above the column headings, to limit which items display.
  • Pagination. Hide or Show Pagination support. Pagination provides page links at the bottom of the page that allow the User to navigate to additional pages. These are needed if the listed items will not fit on one page. An example is shown below.
The following options are available.
  • Auto: Pagination links shown if needed.
  • Show: Pagination links shown if needed.
  • Hide: Pagination links not shown. Note: In this case, Users will not be able to navigate to additional pages.
  • Pagination Results. Hide or Show the current page number and total pages (e.g., "Page 1 of 2") at the bottom of each page. Use Global will use the default value from the component options.
  • Allow Empty Search. Only if a filter is selected. Allows an empty search string to initiate a search with the filter constraints.
  • Did You Mean. Whether to suggest alternative search terms when a search produces no result.
  • Query Explanation. Show or hide a detailed explanation of the search requested.
  • Sort Field. Field to sort the search results.
  • Relevance.
  • Date.
  • List price.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.
  • Sort Direction. Direction to sort search results.
  • Descending.
  • Ascending.
  • Use Global: Use the default value from the Smart Search options.

Integration Options

  • Show Feed Link. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show or hide an RSS Feed Link. (A Feed Link will show up as a feed icon in the address bar of most modern browsers).

Common Options

See Menu Item Manager: Edit/New Menu Item for help on fields common to all Menu Item types which includes:

Module Assignments Tab

See Menu Item Manager: New Menu Item for help on fields in Module Assignments for this Menu Item.


At the top left you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the menu item and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the menu item and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the menu item and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another menu item.
  • Save as Copy. Saves your changes to a copy of the current menu item. Does not affect the current menu item. This toolbar icon is not shown if you are creating a new menu item.
  • Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.
Related Help Screens Description
Components Finder Manage Search Filters This screen shows the static search filters currently available for use in Smart Search.
Components Finder Manage Search Filters Edit This screen allows you to create a new search filter or amend an existing one.
Components Search The Search Statistics screen allows you to see how many searches were done for each keyword combination and how many results were returned for each search.
Components Search Manager Options Details on Component Options

Details on Permissions configuration

Extensions Module Manager Search This Module displays a Search entry field where the user can type in a phrase and press 'Enter' to search the web site.
Extensions Module Manager Smart Search Smart Search is an enhanced site search.
Menus Menu Item Search Results Used to create a 'Search Form or Search Results' page for users to search site's content. Additional, used to control output look of search results or 'can' the results of a search with a menu link for preset search term or terms.