Components Finder Manage Search Filters

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How to access

From the administrator area, select Components → Smart Search from the drop-down menu of the Administration screen, then click on the Search filters menu bar item.

Quick Tips

  • Smart Search was introduced in Joomla 2.5 but is not enabled by default in that version.
  • If you are new to Smart Search then you should read the Smart Search quickstart guide.


This screen shows the static search filters currently available for use in Smart Search.



At the top right 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 Title or 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.
  • Delete. Deletes the selected search filters. Works with one or multiple search filters selected.
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters or permissions can be edited.
  • Statistics. Shows some basic statistics on Smart Search.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

List Filters

  • Search Filters. In the upper left is a text field and two buttons, as shown below.

Enter part of the title of a search filter and press the Search button to find matching search filters. Press Reset to clear the search field and restore the list of search filters.

  • Filter by published state. Choose whether to show only published or unpublished search filters by selecting the appropriate item from the drop-down list.

Column Headers

In the table containing the indexed content for your Joomla! site you will see different columns. Here you can read what they mean and what is displayed in each column.

  • Title. The title of the branch or node.
  • Status. The status of the branch or node within Smart Search. Published items are shown with a green tick; unpublished items by a red circle. You can change the status of an item by clicking on the icon.

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