The Search plugin helps you find files in your vault. By default, you can find Search in the left sidebar (magnifying glass icon). You can also open Search by pressing `Ctrl+Shift+F` (or `Cmd+Shift+F` on macOS). - **Search selected text**: If you select text in the editor and open Search with the keyboard shortcut, Search shows you the search results for the selected text. - **Search recent search terms**: Open Search with an empty search term to list recent search terms. Click any of them to use the search term again. ## Search terms A search term is the word or phrase that you enter in the search field. Learning how to write search terms effectively can help you quickly find what you're looking for, even in large vaults. Obsidian only searches the contents of notes and canvases. > [!tip] Searching paths and filenames > By default, you can only search the paths and filenames of notes and canvases. To search for a path or filename of any file in the vault, use the `path` or `file` operator. Each word in the search term is matched independently within each file. To search for an exact phrase, surround it with quotes, for example `"star wars"`. To search for quoted text within an exact phrase, you can _escape_ the quotes by adding a backslash (`\`) in front of the quote, for example `"they said \"hello\" to each other"`. You can control whether to return files that contain _all_ the words in your search term, or _any_ of the words: - `meeting work` returns files that contain both `meeting` and `work`. - `meeting OR work` returns files that contain either `meeting` or `work`. You can even combine the two in the same search term. - `meeting work OR meetup personal` returns files for work meetings and personal meetups. You can use parentheses to control the priority of each expression. - `meeting (work OR meetup) personal` returns files that contain `meeting`, `personal`, and either `work` or `meetup`. To exclude, or negate, a word from the search results, add a hyphen (`-`) in front of it: - `meeting -work` returns files that contain `meeting` but not `work`. You can exclude multiple expressions: - `meeting -work -meetup` returns files that contain `meeting` but not `work` or `meetup`. You can exclude a combination of expressions using parentheses: - `meeting -(work meetup)` returns files that contain `meeting` but not _both_ `work` and `meetup`. > [!tip] Explain search term > If you need to troubleshoot a complex search term, you can click **Explain search term** in Search for an explanation of your search term. ## Search operators Search operators enable more fine-grained search queries to filter your results even more. Some operators even allow you to add a nested search term within parentheses, for example: `task:(call OR email)`. | Search operator | Description | |-----------------|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | `file:` | Find text in filename. Matches any file in the vault.<p/>Example: `file:.jpg` or `file:202209`. | | `path:` | Find text in file path. Matches any file in the vault.<p/>Example: `path:"Daily notes/2022-07"`. | | `content:` | Find text in file content.<p/>Example: `content:"happy cat"`. | | `match-case:` | Case-sensitive match.<p/>Example: `match-case:HappyCat`. | | `ignore-case:` | Case-insensitive match.<p/>Example: `ignore-case:ikea`. | | `tag:` | Find tag in file.<p/>Example: `tag:#work`.<p/>**Note**: Since `tag:` ignores matches in code blocks and in non-Markdown content, it's often faster and more accurate than a normal full-text search for `#work`. | | `line:` | Find matches on the same line.<p/>Example: `line:(mix flour)`. | | `block:` | Find matches in the same block.<p/>Example: `block:(dog cat)`.<p/>**Note**: Since `block:` requires Search to parse the Markdown content in every file, it can cause your search term to take longer time to finish. | | `section:` | Find matches in the same section (text between two headings).<p/>Example: `section:(dog cat)`. | | `task:` | Find matches in a [[Basic formatting syntax#Task lists\|task]] on a block-by-block basis.<p/>Example: `task:call`. | | `task-todo:` | Find matches in an *uncompleted* [[Basic formatting syntax#Task lists\|task]] on a block-by-block basis.<p/>Example: `task-todo:call`. | | `task-done:` | Find matches in a *completed* [[Basic formatting syntax#Task lists\|task]] on a block-by-block basis.<p/>Example: `task-done:call`. | ## Search properties You can use data stored in [[Properties]] in your search terms. Use brackets around a property name `[property]` to return files with that property: - `[aliases]` returns files that contain the `aliases` property Use brackets and a colon `[property:value]` to return files with that property and value: - `[aliases:Name]` returns files where the `aliases` property value is `Name` Both property and value allow sub-queries, such as parentheses for grouping, the `OR` operator, double-quotes for exact matching, and regex. - Example: `[status:Draft OR Published]` to find returns files where the `status` property value is `Draft` or `Published` ## Change case sensitivity By default, search terms are not case sensitive. If you want to search for the exact case of your search term, click **Match case** ("Aa" icon) inside the search bar. This setting can be toggled. If **Match case** icon is highlighted, that means you’re currently doing a case sensitive search. ## Change result sort order 1. Enter a [[#Search terms|search term]]. 2. Under the search field, click on the dropdown on the right. 3. Select the sort order you want. Default is "File name (A to Z)". The following options are available: - File name (A to Z) - File name (Z to A) - Modified time (new to old) - Modified time (old to new) - Created time (new to old) - Created time (old to new) ## Copy search results 1. Enter a [[#Search terms|search term]]. 2. Under the search field, select the three dots icon next to the number of results. 3. Select **Copy search results**. ## Use regular expressions A regular expression is a set of characters that describe a text pattern. To use regular expressions in your search term, surround the expression with forward slashes (`/`). - `/\d{4}-\d{2}-\d{2}/` matches an ISO 8601 date, such as 2022-01-01. You can even combine regular expressions with search operators: - `path:/\d{4}-\d{2}-\d{2}/` returns files with a date in the file path. For more information on how to write regular expressions, refer to [Regular expressions]( > [!note] > Regular expressions come in different flavors that may look different from each other. Obsidian uses JavaScript-flavored regular expressions. ## Configure search settings To configure Search, click on **Search settings** (three rows of switches icon) on the right side of the search bar to see the toggles. | Setting | Description | |-------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| | **Explain search term** | Breaks down the search terms and explains it in plain text. | | **Collapse results** | Toggles whether to show the search context. | | **Show more context** | Expands the search result to show more text around the match. | ## Embed search results in a note To embed search results in a note, add a `query` code block: <pre><code>```query embed OR search ```</code></pre> For example: > [!note] > [[Introduction to Obsidian Publish|Obsidian Publish]] doesn't support embedded search results. To see the example, open Obsidian Help locally inside Obsidian. ```query embed OR search ```