Besides browsing for profiles using views, you can search by content using MasterFile's full text and content search. By default, results are ranked by relevance.

For example, you can locate profiles by your comments. Or, similarly, search their OCR text.

The full text engine is extremely quick and very easy to use whether you're searching a few or hundreds of thousands of documents. It has many advanced features listed below.

Searching relies on the database's full text index. That is generated automatically when you create a new MasterFile database, or, if the index does not exist, when you open a database for the first time as a local (not server) database. From MasterFile version 7, local replica indexes are also updated whenever the replica is reopened.

On a MasterFile Domino server, indexing occurs automatically at set intervals. Local databases and stand-alone users need to update their indexes periodically using [R+ General > Update full-text index].

See 'Creating a full text index from scratch'.

try it - Full text or content searching

In any view, you can display the search bar from View > Search this view.

This is compact mode.

  1. Type any word or phrase to search in the search bar. To search phrases, enclose them within double quotes.
  2. The green dot indicates the database is indexed and up to date.
  3. "Show results" lets you control the presentation of results. The default display is ranking by relevance.

Only profiles displayed in the current view will be searched; therefore, if the current view does not contain all the document, extract or fact profiles, then the full database will not be searched.

To search, simply type the word or words you are looking for and click on the "Search" button. I Profiles which meet the search criteria will be displayed ranked according to their relevance.

try it - Advanced techniques

In addition to just typing a word or phrase, MasterFile features many advanced search methods.

  • Clicking "Example Form" on the Search bar brings up the Add Condition window.
    1. Select a form.
    2. Choose or fill fields just as you would a profile.
  • Use Word Variants to finds words with the base word + certain suffixes. For example, a search for "swim" will also find "swims", "swimming", "swimmer", and even "swimmed". It will not find the variation "swam", however, because the base word has changed, or "swimmet", or "swimsed" because the suffixes are not acceptable with that word.
  • Use Fuzzy search. This option finds documents that have matches similar to your search. For example:
Sample Query Finds
user requirement

user group requirement
user has a requirement

Califorrnia (incorrect)
California (correct)
Palo Alto (correct) Paloalto (incorrect)
  • Operators such as
    • Logical: "AND", "OR" or "NOT".
    • Proximity: "PARAGRAPH" or "SENTENCE".
    • Wild card:  "?" and "*".
    • Numerical:  "=", "<", ">", "<=" and ">=".
    • Others, including "CONTAINS", "FIELD", "TERMWEIGHT", "EXACTCASE" and parentheses "( )" to specify a particular field, the importance of a word in the search, to match the case of the word, or specify the precedence of the search. For example: (FIELD Projectname CONTAINS top secret OR FIELD Title CONTAINS tuna) AND (Field body CONTAINS cat OR Field revdate > 01/01/2004).

You can combine forms and operators in one search.

All operators and advanced techniques are explained in detail here.

try it - Creating a full text index from scratch

When you create a new MasterFile database, a full text index is created automatically. However, if you need to recreate the index yourself, here's how.

Click on [R+ General > Update full-text index].

  • If you are not asked to create the index, the database is already indexed, and it will merely be updated.
  • If the database is not indexed, the "Create Full-Text Index" dialog box will be displayed.


  • Open the database or select the case database icon on the workspace.
  • Click File > Application > Properties.

On the Properties Box

  • Click the magnifier tab and then the appropriate button.

If you click count unindexed documents, it will show "All are indexed" when indexing finishes.

On the Create Full-Text Index window, set the options as below.

If your database is on a server, choose the frequency with which the server should update the index. We recommend hourly as a reasonable choice. However, if you require, you may force a manual update of the index at any time by again clicking on [R+ General > Update full-text index].

  • Click OK to create the full text index.

The full text index will be created and you will be advised when it is complete in the status bar at the bottom of the Notes window, or you can use the Properties Box's magnifier as explained above.


After doing a full text search, if you have a profile open in the preview pane (click in it first, or press F6 to switch to it), or open in its own window, you can use <Ctrl+> and <Ctrl-> to move to the next or previous highlighted instance of the words found. You can also add their icons to the button bar.

The "Search in document" icon, the magnifying glass, can be used to quickly "drill down" a text or a transcript to find text within it. For example, if you notice the name "John Smith", simply highlight it in the profile text and click on "Search in document".

  • You can continue to scroll and work with the profile while the search dialogue box is displayed.
  • The highlighted text is also copied to the clipboard for use elsewhere if you need.

If you need to find profiles you have created, you can:

  • Use the [L+ Miscellaneous >by Entered date] view. The default view is descending date order. If you click the  "Entered by" column, the view sorts all profiles alphabetically by their creator.
  • Use full text search, by clicking "Fill out example form..." on the expanded search bar. Then
    1. Select the document, extract or fact Form type,  
    2. Enter your name in the "by" portion of "MasterFile entry date" field.
    3. Click Add.

and searching.

You can also type the term directly in the search bar. For example, to find documents created by the Administrator you would type

[DP_Entered_By_nmf]  CONTAINS Administrator

as explained here.