4.2 Searching and filtering local documents

The local database can be searched by clicking on the folder you wish to search, then clicking the Search icon (PIC) in the top right of the toolbar. Enter the desired term(s) in the text field and press enter or click the Search button. Once a search starts the document table will initially be emptied, then results will appear in the table as they are found (see Figure 4.1 ). The Search button changes to a Cancel button while a search is in progress and this may be clicked at any time to terminate the search. Feedback on a search progress is presented in the status bar directly below the toolbar.

To exit the search window and return to browsing click the orange X in the search options bar, or press the Escape key while the cursor is in the search text field.

Important: You must use quotation marks (“”) if “!”, “@”, “$”, and blank spaces (“ ”) are part of your search criteria. No quotation marks lead to unreliable results.


Figure 4.1: Searching the Document Table

    Autocompletion of search words
    Wild card searches
   4.2.1 Advanced Search options
    And/Or searches
   4.2.2 Similarity (“BLAST-like”) searching
   4.2.3 Find in Document
   4.2.4 Filtering and Similarity sorting
    Filtering on-the-fly
Autocompletion of search words

Geneious remembers previously searched keywords and offers an auto-complete option. This works in a similar way to Google or predictive text on your mobile phone. If you click within the search field, a drop-down box will appear showing previously used options.

Wild card searches

When you are looking for all matches to a partial word, use the asterisk (*). Asterisks can be placed at the beginning, end or in the middle of a word. For example, typing “oxi*” would return matches such as oxidase, oxidation, oxido-reductase, and oxide. Searching for CO*I would return matches for COI and COXI. Similarly, you can use a question mark ’?’ to represent any single character. This feature is available only for local documents and not NCBI or UniProt searches.