Blob Search Results


In this post, I’ll talk about the Blob search results display and how you can customize it further to quickly find the file, email, post etc. that you searched for. This is the 3rd part of my blog series related to finding your personal digital content. Other posts in this series include:

Part 1: Intro to the search problem and Advanced Search.

Part 2: Quick Search and its powerful search syntax.

Part 3: this post – Customizing the search results display.

Part 4: Other ways to find your content.

Part 5: Integration with other tools & next steps.

Blob Search Results Display

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series, I discussed how to issue a search from Blob. Once you issue the search, Blob will open a new window to display the search results. An example result windows looks like this:

Blob Search Results Display

 
The Blob search results display has many different parts, as shown below:

Storage Locations Searched

The left pane shows all the storage locations that were searched. Locations that actually had search hits are shown as checked (selected). You can un-select and re-select a storage location to exclude or include its results in the display.

Contributing Data Sources in Blob Search Results

 

Size & Date Ranges Of Results

Sliders at the bottom left corner show the range of dates and sizes of the content displayed in the search results. Change the position of these sliders to narrow down the display to a smaller range of dates and sizes.

Blob allows you to change the range of dates and sizes in Search Results display
 

The Actual Search That Was Run

The top part of the right-hand pane shows the search that was conducted.

The Blob Search Results windows displays the search issued
 

Tabbed Results Display

The bottom part of the right-hand pane shows the search results. Different tabs show documents, photos, videos, emails, social media posts, appointments etc. Thus, you can go directly to the tab corresponding to the content type you’re searching for.

Blob Search Results displays emails, photos, documents etc. in separate tabs.
 

Sorting Results

You can sort the results shown in any tab by date, size, file/folder name etc. A small arrow next to the column name indicates how results are currently sorted. For example, the picture below shows results were sorted in decreasing order of “Last Modified” date. Therefore, you’ll see the newest content first in this results display. You can click on the column header text of any column to sort the results on that property. Click on the same column header again to change the order from “decreasing” to “increasing”.

You can sort Blob Search Results display by clicking on the column header
 

Searching The Resutls

Each tab has its own search box at the top left corner of the actual results. The display will highlight and only show content that contains the text you type in this search box. This is handy if your search returns a lot of results and you want to find your content within a tab by searching for it.

You can search for specific content by typing into the "Find" box within a specific tab
 

Filtering The Results

There’s a per-column “filter row” in each tab. This is the empty space just below the column header circled in red in the picture below. When you type something here, the results display will only show content that contains this text in that column. Each column has it’s own filter space and capability. For example, you can type work in the file-name column and doc in the file-extension column. This will restrict the results display to only include files whose name contains the text work and whose file extension contains the text doc.

You can filter Blob Search Results by typing in the filter row

 

Identifying Where The Content Resides

The icon at the left end of each row shows the storage location where that content resides. Hover over this icon to see more details – for example the actual email address of the Google Mail account where the content resides. This helps you identify where the content resides, if you have multiple GMail accounts.

Icons in Blob Search Results display where the content is located.
 

Identifying Embedded Content

The “Inside” column shows information about the parent ZIP file or email within which it resides.

The "Inside" column in Blob Search Results shows where embedded content resides.
 

Converting The Search To A Virtual Folder

There’s a “Add To” button at the top right corner of the screen. It lets you add this search to an existing Virtual Folder, or create a new one.

You can create a Virtual Folder from Blob Search Results display
 

As you can see, Blob lets you customize the search results window to further narrow down your search results.

 

 

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