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Search the model

WebEA provides a facility that enables you to search through the model for a specific item or group of items that have certain characteristics. This can help you to quickly locate objects of importance, such as elements you have created yourself (if you have the access privileges to do so).

You could use the Search facility to locate recent work on various objects, as identified by the Watchlist. See the Create and Check Watchlists Help topic.

You access the Search facility by selecting the 'Custom search' option from the main Search menu.

Search Specification

Define your search using these options.



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Enter the string of characters or digits you want to locate - name, Notes text or the complete object ID. Be aware that for some DBMSs - such as Firebird or Oracle - searches are case-sensitive.

Search for

Make a selection from the following object types:

  • 'Diagrams'
  • 'Elements'
  • 'Packages'
  • 'Discussions', or
  • 'Reviews'

If you select 'Discussions', the 'Search in' and 'Term' options are not relevant and so are grayed out and unavailable. The search is for elements having active discussions within the specified time period.

Note: the Discussion option are only available in models that have their show_discuss set to true in the WebEA configuration file, and the Review option is only available when participate_in_reviews is true.

Search in

Make a selection from the following list of fields to search:

  • Name
  • Name, Alias and Notes (the proper name, an assigned alternative name, and any text written in the object's 'Notes' field)
  • Author (the person who created the object)
  • ID (the GUID of the object, displayed as the last item in the 'Properties' panel when you expand it)


Make a selection on the period of time that should be searched. You can select to search for objects modified:

  • Today
  • Within the last 3 days
  • Within the last 7 days
  • Within the last 14 days
  • Within the last 30 days
  • Within the last 12 months
  • At any time

Run Search

Click or tap this button to execute the search and locate the objects that meet the search criteria.

Search Results

When you execute the search the results are displayed in the main content area.

The results provide the object name, type, author and last-modified date of each object that matches the search criteria. If you click on an item, the 'Properties' view will be loaded for that object.

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