Main Window Elements

Main Window Elements

The application window features useful menus, a toolbar that provides access to search categories and commands. The left area contains two sections: Search and Refine. The rest of the window displays the list of results and a document preview pane.

The menu bar provides access to useful options, commands and help contents. Click one of the menu items, File,  Tools, View, Extensions or Help, to see the available commands. A grayed out option means it is not available.

Search Box
Type your keywords in the search box in the Search section. You can use various search operators, such as Boolean operators (AND/+, OR, NOT/-) and parentheses to refine your query. You can also use quotation marks for exact phrases or whole words.

You can click the search button or hit the Enter key to launch the query (not required when the Search as you type option is selected since it filters and displays results as you enter letters in the search box). You can also set additional criterion in fields of the Refine section.

Reset Search
By clicking on this button, the main search bar inside the Search Box and ALL the refine fields inside the Refine Section will be reset to their initial state.  

Search History
These two buttons allows you to navigate through the history of the searches performed in the application. You could go back and forward through your history.

Note: The forward history is lost if you perform a new search or modify the current search life the history in a Web browser.

Note: The history is reset after a restart of the application.

My Searches
This section, accessible by clicking on the small arrow key just right of the search button, allows the user to execute a predefined search such as:

    • Today's emails
    • Yesterday's emails
    • High importance emails
    • Word Documents
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Excel Spreadsheets
    • Recent pictures (last 30 days)
    • Recent videos (last 30 days)
    • Videos larger than 200 MB
    • Web sites visited today
    • Web sites visited yesterday
    • Web sites visited in the last 7 days
    • Today's meetings
    • This week's meetings
    • Tasks due today
    • Tasks due this week

Search Categories
The desktop search category toolbar provides access to each search category. The first button, All, allows you to search in all search categories at the same time. When the user mouses over the category icon, the number of results available in that category appears. If the category contains results, the icon is underlined by an orange line. The small number under a category indicate the number of results for that category up to 999. If the number of results is greather that 999, the indicated number will be 999+.

Refine Section
The Refine section allows you to refine a query with search fields offering criteria and/or search boxes to enter keywords. These refinements fields varies for each category.

Refine Section Hiding
This button allows you to hide or show the Refine Section to add more space to the Results List and Preview Section.

Refine Section Fields
This section list all the refines currently activated for the selected category.

Add a Refine Field
This section allows you to refine even more by adding more refine fields.

Search Results List
Copernic Desktop Search uses the upper-right pane of the main window to display the search results. The pane header varies depending on the search category and result contents. You can display a preview of a result by clicking on it in the result list.

Viewing Modes
Copernic Desktop Search could display search results in three different modes. Standard view, Detailed view and Thumbnail view. Displayed fields vary depending on the selectede view. The Detailed and Thumbnail views allows you to show results in groups. The Standard view allows you to customize the visible fields and shows more results per page.

Preview Section
Available for each desktop search category, this section displays a software-based preview of the selected result. Previews are extremely convenient to examine contents without opening each result in its native application. Search terms can be highlighted in the result list of all search categories and the preview pane of the Emails, Files, Favorites/Bookmarks and History categories.

Status Bar
The status bar indicates the current application status, such as index process status : Indexing or Scanning (and folder's path), Idle, paused, etc.

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