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Search text dialog

Libraries and their contents can be searched for words, text fragments or regular expressions similar to search engines known from the internet. This is a useful tool to find required analytical data in a vast number of objects of a library quickly. You can configure a search query to your personal demands and save it for another search on your libraries later on. The search result is displayed in a search result table, which can be configured as well.

The dialog looks like this:

Search text dialog contents

The following settings can be adjusted in a search query.

Simple text search query

  1. Enter a valid search phrase
    A search phrase might consist of one or more words separated by spaces. The following wildcards are allowed:

    • ? - This wildcard is a placeholder for exactly one character.

    • * - This wildcard is a placeholder for none, one or more characters or even one or more words.


You are looking for an object containing "benzene" anywhere in the title:
Search phrase: *benzene*

You are looking for an object starting with "benzene" in the title:
Search phrase: benzene*

You are looking exactly for "benzene" as title:
Search phrase: benzene

You are looking for a substituted "Hydroxy-benzoic acid", but you do not know the position of the hydroxyl group:
Search phrase: *Hydroxy-benzoic acid

Case sensitivity of search phrases.

Search phrases are not case sensitive, so there will be no difference whether you type the search phrase in upper case or lower case characters.


  1. Select a recently used search phrase
    Recently used search phrases are recognized by the software. Please click on the icon of the combo box to show a list of most recently used search phrases.


Clicking the reset button will delete the current search phrase.

Show active spectrum in search result

Activating this option will display the currently active spectrum in the search result dialog. This makes a direct visual comparison of the spectrum to the search results very easy. The search result dialog will be similar to the result dialog of the regular spectrum search. Therefore the user will be able to use the function Search Residual Spectrum in conjunction with the text search. Please refer to the tutorial How to search spectra for a detailed description of the search options.

Searched labels

By default, text information of objects is stored in user defined labels, properties or any other format in a library. They are used to carry additional information, which might be searched and displayed in the search result table. Here, searching can be limited to a set of user defined labels, which might increase search speed in large libraries. By default, all labels are applied for searching.

Destination library

A list of all registered libraries in the software is displayed here. The user needs to select those libraries, that will be applied for the text search.

Tip:  If you do not exactly know, if a library contains relevant spectra, select all libraries first and then refine your search query in a second run.

Search result configuration

If the search was successful, the search result table may display additional information about resulting library objects. Additional information is carried in object properties or object labels, that have been previously uploaded together with library data.

The user can configure the labels and properties here, being displayed in columns of the search result table. These additional information will be retrieved together with the search results and can be reviewed by the user.