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Searching the List Views

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2019 11:22AM PDT


Tailwind is full of lists: Personnel lists, Equipment Lists, Invoice Lists, lists of Orders and Quotes and Dispatches. Sometimes these lists show you exactly the information you are looking for, right up front – the Quote you have just created is right there at the top of the list – but sometimes that's not the case. Tailwind provides some tools to help you search, filter, and adjust these list views in order to find the information you're looking for as quickly and easily as possible.


Quick Search

The first and easiest tool is the Quick Search bar that appears at the top of every list. This bar allows you to quickly search the List by the chosen column: you can change which column to search in the drop-down that appears directly to the left of the search bar. After entering the search value, hit the Enter key or click on the search icon to filter the list.

Note that the list of Quick Search columns will be limited by which Active Columns you have enabled (see below.)


Advanced Search

If you want to perform a more complicated search, such as filtering on several columns at once or search by a date range, you can use the Advanced Search function.


List View Settings

There are also a number of ways for you to customize the various lists, to ensure that they are showing you the information you find most useful. These controls appear at the bottom right of every list.


Active Columns

Every list view displays a particular set of data columns by default – but every business is different, and even within a business different roles may want to see different information.

To adjust which columns are displayed, click on the 'Active Columns' button. This will bring up a list of all available columns, allowing you to toggle each on and off in the display. Once you have selected the columns you want to see, click the 'Save' button to return to the list. It should now be displaying only the columns you selected.

The order and size of the columns can also be adjusted by dropping and dragging, as in a typical spreadsheet program. Note that if you have added a lot of columns, some of them may appear offscreen, requiring you to scroll to the right in order to see them.


List Size

You can also adjust the number of records that appear on each page of the list view. Clicking on the 'List Size' button will bring up a list of options; remember that choosing larger numbers may cause the lists to load more slowly. The list size choice can also be saved by clicking the ‘Save’ button.


Status Filters

Some lists – such as the Orders and Dispatches views – also include a set of Status Filters along the very top of the list. These allow you to quickly adjust which records are displayed, based on their internal status; you can also use them to set up a default view that is more appropriate for your particular role at the company.

For example, a Dispatcher might want to hide any Orders that have already been Sent to Invoicing or Invoiced, while someone working primarily on the Administration side might want to only see those Orders. Clicking on a particular Status Filter will toggle those records on or off. If you want to save a particular set of filters as your default view, click on the 'Save' button to the right of the filters. This will only save this view for your particular user account, so don't worry about messing up anyone else's lists – just get it set up how you want it, going forward.


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You may also want to read our more general guide to navigating Tailwind.

For more powerful filtering and searches, read up on Advanced Search.

Once you have customized your list views, you may also want to look at further Configuration & Settings options to help fit Tailwind to your specific business needs.

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