Real-Time Filtering of Search Results in NetDocuments

Filtering Search Results in NetDocs like Amazon-1

I call this feature NetDocument's “Amazon shopping filter.” You know when you are shopping for shoes online, and your initial search is for “men’s shoes,” but you get too many results? Along the left-hand side of the screen, you can check boxes that allow you to limit your search by "casual" and then “medium width,” and then perhaps “blue or grey.” It looks something like this:

Filtering Search Results in WDX

NetDocuments has a similar feature that they call Faceted Search Results, and it is located on the left-hand side of the screen in advanced search result.  This will help you narrow a large number of hits to something more manageable.  While this feature has been around a long time when we poll NetDocs users, just less than 30% of people know about it or know how to use this feature! 

Here is how it works:  Let’s say you are searching for a letter within a matter, and you know that it was a Word document drafted by the user - PJU.  You can narrow your displayed results by clicking on the DocType category (see below) and selecting the Author, then the desired author.  You will see your results narrow in real-time.

Filtering Search Results in NetDocs - Narrowing Your Results

If you'd like assistance with filtering or any other feature in NetDocuments, just let us know. You can always reach us at or request a consultation. 

Paul Unger

Written by Paul Unger

Paul is an Affinity Partner with a passion for teaching lawyers how to use technology and how to automate their practice. He teaches and coaches lawyers how to be more efficient with time, task, document & email management, and just as important, distraction management by offering customized time management workshops for lawyers and their staff throughout North America. He helped modernize the use of courtroom technology and is an expert in paperless office strategies and document management. He is also an author of numerous books, manuals, and articles. Paul is a national speaker and frequent lecturer for CLE programs.

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