Manual - Search

Superdesk has a convenient search function for finding articles. The Search function is also how you view all the ingested articles.

Clicking the Search icon in the Workspace Panel enables you to browse articles. You can browse all types of articles using the Search feature. This includes published, killed, ingested or archived articles.

You can perform a search by typing in keywords related to the article you’re looking for in the textbox beside the search icon. If you type multiple words, Superdesk will search for items containing all of those words.

This is the Advanced Search icon.

You can apply additional filters and parameters to your search by clicking on the Advanced Search icon. Inside the Advanced Search menu, you will find several ways to refine your search.


  • Define the stage of the article you’re looking for: ingested, published, etc. or choose multiple selections. When the buttons turn white, articles in those states will not be included in your search. To only search newly ingested articles, leave only theIngest button in grey.
  • Slugline: Input article slugline.
  • Subject: Click the blue + button and select from a number of subjects that pop up in the Subject window (i.e. sports, politics or weather).
  • Headline: Search by article title. You may enter either a full article title, consecutive or non-consecutive words.
  • Story Name: Search by article uniqueID (visible at the bottom of an article’s Metadata tab).
  • Story text: Search for words within the article text. You may enter either consecutive or non-consecutive words. Enter three words for most accurate search.
  • Byline: Search by author’s full name (must be written exactly as it appears in author profile).
  • Creator: Select article originator from a drop-down list.
  • From desk: Select desk of origin from a drop-down list.
  • To desk: Select a desk from the drop-down list to search for articles sent to this desk.

Once you have input information into the search parameters, click the GO button to run the search.


In the advanced search, filters are also available for content types. You can search for articles containing just pictures, just text, or both by clicking on composite.

Other Advanced Search filters include: Desk, Ingest Source, News Category, Genre, News Value, Priority or items that have been flagged for legal. You can further refine your search by checking off the boxes beside particular topic desks, to make your search desk-specific. The final filter is by date. You can set a date range to search for articles created or modified between particular time periods by clicking on the calendar icons and inputting specific dates, or by selecting the pre-made buttons for LAST DAY, LAST WEEK or LAST MONTH.


If you find yourself searching the same parameters over and over again, you can choose to save the search using the SAVE SEARCH button. In addition to saving the parameters in the Advanced Search menu, it also makes the search available for use in the Monitoring widgets on your topic desk Dashboard.

When you have input your search information, blue boxes will appear at the top of the results window. If you’re searching multiple parameters at the same time, you will see multiple blue boxes. You can remove a parameter and widen your search by clicking on the 'x' in the blue box to remove the filter.


In the top-right section of the search results window, you have the option to rearrange your search results. The drop-down sort menu allows you to arrange by most recent, date created, news value, category, alphabetically by slugline, priority, or alphabetically by genre. Clicking on the reverse pyramid beside the sorting options will allow you to view your results in reverse order.

By default, the search results appear in a line by line view. You can switch to a grid view by clicking on the grid icon in the top-right corner. The grid view is especially useful for viewing picture articles because it allows space for thumbnail views of the pictures.

Read more about using the Superdesk Search feature in the full manual. 

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