What happened to Search Within?
By Kyle Hatlestad on Jun 21, 2010
Something that a few folks have noticed in 11g is that the Search Within is no longer available in the Query Actions in search results. In 10g and earlier, you could perform a search and from those results, go to a search form that would take the previous search criteria and append it to your new query. That way you can continue to refine and narrow your search results.In 11g, the process for refining results has changed a bit. Instead of going to a new search page that would append the previous query parameters, there is a link that takes you back to the search form where your existing search parameters are filled in and you can add more to refine your search. So it gives you a little more flexibility in not just refining your search, but you can tweak your existing search parameters at the same time if needed.
In a previous blog entry, I talked about getting the Query Syntax back from a search result using the Search Within method. Unfortunately, because that's been removed in 11g, that shortcut no longer works. But one way to get that instead is to append '&IsJava=1' to the end of the URL and grabbing the value of 'QueryText'. This will have that same search syntax. NOTE: Appending to the URL works if you are using the 'Top Menus' layout. It won't necessarily work in the 'Trays' layout because that one uses Frames and your browser address may not necessarily be changing as you navigate. In that case, right click in that frame window and choose to get that frame window info. The choice for this varies between browsers, but you should get back the referring URL. You can copy that URL, paste it in a new tab/window and append the '&IsJava=1' that way.