4 new ways to find documents on Alfresco with Alfred Finder - part II

Posted by Daniela Di Noi on 4/4/18 10:00 AM

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One employee can waste up to 10 hours a month on documents inefficiencies. Working on incorrect or outdated files, wasting time searching for documents or looking for the right version, generating duplication, those behaviors decrease dramatically the productivity and increase the operational costs. Challenges that most probably your company are facing, just right now.

With Alfred Finder we are literally speeding up the searching process, by extending the Alfresco’s search capabilities and providing users with a new user-friendly web application.

In the previous blog post, we introduced 4 new ways to find documents on an Alfresco back end.

We first walked through the search bar, that allows you to narrow your search, by applying multiple chips in the same query. Then we showed how to refine your search, by selecting a specific property or value, in the Facet panel.

Before discovering the other two ways to find documents, let’s enjoy an extract from the last Alfred Finder webinar.





Workers takes up to 8 attempts to find the right document and information and 1/3 of us spend between 10-25 minutes searching, every time we want to find a document.


Alfred Finder has been built with the mission to get results in less than 3 seconds and, to get that mission, we have optimized the way people can search for documents.

Let’s describe how to find documents via the Explorer panel and Advanced Search Options.



The Explorer panel is used to narrow down the search in a specific folder. In this panel, you will find the tree view of the data in Alfresco.

Under the Query panel, you can select the Previous or Saved searches. 

In the first scenario, any query executed in the search bar will also be visible under the previous queries. The previous queries are temporary and will be deleted when you close Alfred Finder. 

If you need to perform the same search several times, our tip is to save that specific search. You can execute it again and get the same results, just by clicking on the Saved queries.




The advanced search options allow you to build more complex queries, based on multiple criteria or filters. In particular, the advanced search allows OR queries. While typing, the auto-completion allows the following:

  • Auto-completion on a property name
  • Auto-completion on closing and opening parentheses
  • Auto-completion on logic operator (AND and OR)
  • Auto-completion on relation (contains or should be equal to)




Hope you liked the blog article. In the next one, we'll talk about how to configure the layout and optimize it to improve  your experience.

In the mean time do not hesitate to ask for a FREE DEMO.


Topics: Alfresco, Content Services, Alfresco Certified Technology, Metadata, Handling Documents, Advanced Search, Alfred Finder, Alfred, content management

About Xenit 


Xenit is a Belgium-based IT company, focusing  on content services solutions, and covering all document-related business processes, from data migration to digital archive to hybrid/cloud hosting solution, to help organizations get control of their information. Premier Partner and System Integrator of Alfresco Digital Business Platform, Xenit has more than 10 years of experience in Alfresco Content and Process Services.


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