Menus Menu Item Search Results

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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.

How to Access

Add a new menu item 'Search Form or Search Results'

  • Select Menus  [name of the menu]  Add New Menu Item from the dropdown menu of the Administrator Panel
  • Click the 'Menu Item Type' Select button Help30-Menu-Item-Type-Select-Button-en.png
  • Select Search  Search Form or Search Results in the modal popup window.

Edit an existing menu item 'Search Form or Search Results'




Details Tab

For more information please see Menu Item Manager: Details Tab

Required Settings

  • 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 menu item will appear in.

Optional Settings

  • Search Term. Used to set a 'canned' search word, words or phrase when Menu Item Search Results is clicked. See Quick Tips for more details.

Advanced Tab

Basic Options

  • Use Search Options. (Use Global/No/Yes) Show the search options.
  • Use Search Areas. (Use Global/No/Yes) Show the search areas checkboxes for Articles, Categories, Contacts, or Newsfeeds.
  • Created Date. (Use Global/Hide/Show) Show created date.

Default Search Options

  • Search For. (All Words/Any Words/Exact Phrase) The type of search. Search for All Words, Any Words or Exact Phrase.
  • Results Ordering: Defines what ordering results are listed in.
    • Newest First: Show newest item first.
    • Oldest First: Show oldest item first.
    • Popularity: Show by popularity of item, number of page hits.
    • Alphabetical: Show in alphabetical order.
    • Category: Show in category order.

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.

Front End Screenshot

Example Front End Site images are generic images using Joomla! core installation supplied free Front End Templates. The actual view can depend on the installed custom template used and the template's style for those views on a Joomla! website.

Search form shown
Search results shown

Quick Tips

Canning Search Results. To 'can' search results (force a desired search term), use the Search Term optional setting. This optional field will force a search term or terms into the search field when a user clicks on a Menu 'Link' to a 'Search Results' Menu Item. For example, a user clicks a Menu Item called, 'More Joomla! Articles'. The search term field could contain the word, Joomla!. The filled optional field would show the search component page with the word Joomla! pre-filled in the search field and showing the results of 'Joomla!' searched on the website.

Related Information

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 Finder Search 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.