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Odoo search

Conquering the Chaos: Mastering Search in Odoo 17

Finding the needle in the haystack of data can be frustrating, especially in robust platforms like Odoo 17. But fear not, for the search functionality within Odoo offers a powerful solution to navigate your records efficiently. This article delves into the depths of Odoo 17 search, guiding you through adding and configuring it to fit your specific needs.

Unveiling the Search Bar:

The search bar, your gateway to streamlined information retrieval, resides prominently at the top of most Odoo views. Simply type your desired keyword or phrase, and a list of relevant records will populate dynamically. However, the real magic lies in customizing the search experience.

Adding Search Fields is the Main Point:

  1. Navigate to the desired view: Go to the specific module and view where you want to enhance search capabilities. To add search fields to the “Products” list view in the “Inventory” module, go to Inventory > Products.
  2. Activate Developer Mode: Click on the gear icon in the top right corner and enable “Developer Mode.”
  3. Access View Customization: Click on the “Edit” button within the developer mode options.
  4. Add Search Fields: In the XML code, locate the <search> tag and define additional fields using the <field> tag. Specify the field name and desired attributes like “string” for the display label. Here is an example:
    <field name="name"/>
    <field name="default_code"/>

    <field name="categ_id" string="Category"/>
    <field name="available_in_pos" string="Available in POS"/>

5. Save and Refresh: Save the changes and refresh the view to see your newly added search fields in action. Refresh the view (usually by pressing F5 or clicking the refresh icon) to see the new search fields in action.

Second Point: Configuring Search Filters

  1. Activating Filters: The “Filters” button, usually located next to the search bar, unlocks this power. Click it to reveal a panel where you can build your filter criteria.

  2. Crafting Individual Filters:
    • Selecting or Typing a Field: Choose the field you want to filter by (e.g., “Customer Name” in Sales Orders). You can type the field name or select it from a dropdown.
    • Choosing an Operator: Select an operator that defines the filter’s logic. Common options include:
      • Equals: Find exact matches (e.g., “Customer Name equals ‘John Smith'”).
      • Contains: Search for records containing the specified value (e.g., “Customer Name contains ‘Doe'”).
      • Greater/Less Than: Filter based on numerical values (e.g., “Order Amount greater than 100”).
      • Between: Specify a range of values (e.g., “Order Date between ‘2023-12-01’ and ‘2024-01-31′”).
    • Entering the Filter Value: Depending on the chosen operator, input the specific value you want to match or use the calendar for date ranges.
    • Applying the Filter: Click the “Apply” button to activate the filter and see the results instantly updated.
  3. Combining Filters for Precision:
    • Logical Operators: Use “AND” or “OR” to combine multiple filters.
      • AND: Only records matching all applied filters will appear (e.g., “Customer Name equals ‘John Smith’ AND Order Date is ‘2024-02-05′”).
      • OR: Records matching any of the applied filters will appear (e.g., “Product Category equals ‘Electronics’ OR Product Brand equals ‘Apple'”).
    • Nesting Filters: Use parentheses to create complex filter combinations. This allows for more granular control over your search criteria.
  4. Saving Custom Filters: Frequently used filters can be saved for quick access later. Click the “Save” button in the “Filters” panel and give your filter a descriptive name. Saved filters can be accessed and applied with a single click, saving you time in the future.

Unleashing Search Power with Studio:

Odoo Studio unlocks exciting possibilities for customizing search functionality beyond basic field additions and filters. Let’s explore how to leverage Studio for a truly personalized search experience.
  1. Enter Studio Mode: To enter Studio Mode activate developer mode as discussed previously, click the “Edit” button and select “Start Studio.”

  2. Customize Search Bar:
    • Position and Size: Drag and drop the search bar element to your desired location within the view. Resize it using the handles to fit your layout.
    • Default Filters: Click the “Configure” button on the search bar element. Here, you can set default filters to automatically apply when the view loads. For example, pre-filter products by a specific category.
    In the “Sales Orders” view, move the search bar to the top right corner and make it wider to accommodate more search terms. Set a default filter to show only open orders.
  3. Create Custom Filters:
    • Go to the “Filters” panel in Studio. You’ll see existing filters and the option to create new ones.
    • Click “Create” and choose the field you want to filter on.
    • Define the filter condition using operators like “equals,” “contains,” “greater than,” etc. You can even combine multiple conditions using “AND” or “OR” logic.
    Create a custom filter in the “Customers” view to find customers whose orders exceed a certain amount in the past month. Use the “amount_total” field with the “greater than” operator and specify a date range filter.

  4. 4. Publish Your Changes:
    • Click the “Publish” button to make your search customizations live for other users. You can choose to publish for specific user groups or globally.
Remember about Odoo documentation for detailed instructions based on your module and version. Also there are community Resources where you can leverage online forums and community modules for advanced search customizations and troubleshooting. By mastering search in Odoo 17, you transform data exploration from a chore into an efficient breeze. Implement these tips to tailor search to your specific needs, empowering you to locate information quickly and confidently, ultimately boosting your overall productivity within the Odoo platform. Bonus Tip: Explore advanced search features like domain operators and context filters for even more granular control over your searches.