Inside Brightspot: Understanding the Search Actions Pane

The Whys

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I’ve covered the Search Results Pane and Search Filtering in my previous updates, but I’m not finished yet. Last, but definitely not least, I want to talk about the righthand column of search: the search actions pane.

Brightspot Search Part 3: Actions

When you first open Brightspot search, the default options are:

  • Fullscreen: Clicking this button delivers you to an exclusive, search-only permalink, instead of the overlay.
  • Save Search: This should be familiar; it’s how you add a Saved Search over on the left.
  • New Workstream: This allows you to cover a Workstream.

Once you've refined by a specific content type, the options you see in the search actions pane start to change, becoming actions that are relevant to that content type, including:

  • Bulk Edit All: This allows you to bulk edit all the items you've selected (assuming a user has permission to bulk edit the selected content type).
  • Bulk Archive All: Here you can bulk archive all the items you've selected (assuming a user has permission to bulk archive the selected content type).
  • Watch: This lets you "watch" all the items you've selected.
  • Create a New Gallery: Just like magic, this allows you to create a gallery from your current selection. (Available on media content types.)
  • Share: This enables you to share your current selection. (Available on media content types.)
  • Download: Here you can download your current selection. (Available on media content types.)
  • Export All: This lets you export your current selection (including all the Custom Fields you may have added) to .csv for further sharing and data sorting/filtering.

Ok, that covers it for Search in Brightspot!

About the Author
Meredith Rodkey is VP of Platform Product Management & Solutions at Perfect Sense. She has focused on product management for nearly 10 years, contributing to major Brightspot engagements from U.S. News & World Report to Source Media and Healthgrades. In her previous life, Meredith worked as a homepage editor and writer for, curating a daily experience for millions of users.
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