Inside Brightspot: Understanding the search actions pane

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When we talk about Brightspot's robust, powerful search capabilities, we tend to approach it in three core functionality areas: search filters, search results, and search actions. Let's dig into what capabilities exist in the search actions area.

When it comes to the actions themselves, there are two types: Global and Content-Type Specific.

Global Search Actions
The key, most important search actions are available before a user interacts with any filters. By default, a user will see:

  • Save Search: This action allows a user to create a saved search of this search query.
  • New Workstream: This action allows a user to create a Workstream of the given result set.
  • Fullscreen: This option sends the user to an immersive, dedicated search page, instead of the overlay. Some Brightspot users — especially admin users — rely on search for administrative functions, so often this stands as their landing page.
Detailed view of the Brightspot search actions area

Content Type Search Actions

Once a user has restricted the search by a given filter, the search actions area will display additional options that make sense for the selected content type. These can include:

  • Bulk Edit All: This action allows a user to bulk edit all the selected items.
  • Bulk Archive All: This action allows a user to bulk archive all the selected items.
  • Watch: This action lets a "watch" all the selected items.
  • Create a New Gallery: If images are selected, this action allows a user to quickly create a photo gallery from the selected images.
  • Export All: This action allows a user to export the current selection (which will include an custom fields that were added to the results) to .csv for further sharing.

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