As you explore the site you may notice a search, filter, sort (SFS) bar at the top of most pages. This bar makes it easier to locate whatever you are searching for in the section of the site that you are looking at!
Above is an example of what the SFS bar will look like. Not every SFS bar will have every option listed here, and not every option you may see is listed here. However, I will be covering the most common filters that you are likely to see across the site!
Searching by key word- Beginning from the left, searching by key word is a quick way to find a specific resource if you mostly already know what you are looking for. For example, if you know that you are enrolled in a specific course, but can't seem to find it by paging through the courses on your home dashboard you may find this feature helpful.
You can see in the GIF below that I am quickly able to locate the "SDG Design Clinic: Data for Good" course by simply searching for the term "Data". This feature will work best when entering complete words. Partial words such as "Dat" instead of "Data" may not bring up the desired results.
Filtering by Tag- Filtering by tag is great when you have a more vague idea of the type of content you are searching for, or if you just want to get an idea of what is available.
In the GIF below, you can see that I am interested in seeing courses related to the "empathy", "quality education" and "sustainability" tags. You can always clear the tags you are filtering for by clicking "clear all".
It is important to note that the tag feature will always broaden your choices when selecting more tags, rather than narrowing your search results. Select more tags, get more results.
Filtering by Type- You will likely not see the type option as often as you see search and tag options, but it is very helpful whenever available. The type filter allows you to view only the type(s) of content you are looking for on any given tab.
In the GIF below, you can see that I am only interested in resources on this community that are collections. By selecting only for "Collection" I can quickly see all of the collections available. You can deselect the type filter by simply clicking on the check box a second time to uncheck it!
Filtering by Visibility- As a non-admin you will likely only see the visibility filter on the Discussions tab of your communities. This filter simply allows you to see past discussions that have now been archived. You will be able to read these discussions, but not participate in them.
As an admin/course designer, you will see this filter on your courses tab to allow you to only see just your published courses, or just the drafts that you have in progress.
In the GIF below, you can see that I want to view all archived discussions. When I enter one of these discussions, I am met with a message indicating that the discussion is archived. I cannot make comments, but I would be able to read messages that had been posted. Unfortunately, this discussion has had no activity.
You can always deselect the filter by simply selecting the button a second time to uncheck it.
Sorting- Last, but certainly not least, is the sort option. You will see this option on many SFS bars across the site. It will generally offer two options; alphabetical sort and most recent. Alphabetical will simply sort the available cards by ascending (a-z) alphabetical order. Most recent will order the cards in the order that they were created with the most recently added/created items at the top.
In the GIF below, you can see that I am able to see all of the resources in this community in alphabetical order. This is helpful if you are looking for something in particular. However, maybe you want to see what's new, in which case you can switch over to most recent.
You can always deselect these filter options by selecting the filter option a second time to uncheck it.
Using Multiple Filters
All of the tools above are powerful individually, but they become even more effective when combining them. If you are having trouble finding a resource using a single option from the SFS bar, I would strongly encourage you to try mixing two, or even three of the options to continue narrowing your results!
Still can't find what you are looking for? You can always reach us via the blue chat icon at the bottom right of your screen, or by emailing us at email@example.com! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are encountering trouble.