Search has become such a fundamental part of our daily routine. Everyone uses search tools, everyday. Google, spotlight, file search, etc. There is just too much information to properly organize, memorize and store in a structured fashion. But that is ok.
Mendeley Desktop provides you with a multitude of ways to organize, filter and search your documents. Many of these task are context based, meaning that if you search while looking at your library or a collection in your library, you only get results from the currently selected folder. If you happen to be reading a PDF in Mendeley Desktop, the search tool will show you results only within that paper.
Now, one thing you, and many Mendeley Desktop users, probably don’t know is that you can constrain your search to specific fields such as the Title, Authors and even your own notes. Yes, you can search for the text contained within your notes!
- Go to the search box in the top right-hand corner of Mendeley Desktop
- Click on the little arrow pointing downward and select “Notes”
- Type in your keyword of interest
- You should start seeing your results update in the middle pane in near real-time
Here’s a quick view of the search box in action on Mendeley Desktop (Mac)
How cool is that? We think it’s pretty cool (and useful!).
Here are the previous eight entries in our How-to series:
- How to merge author names
- How to drag and drop PDF links into Mendeley for direct download
- Generate BibTeX files for your collections for use in LaTeX
- How to check for duplicate entries and merging
- How to copy & paste formatted citations anywhere (LaTeX too!)
- How to add supplementary data to references
- How to keep references and documents unpublished (out of catalog)
- How to export your annotations (alone or with your PDF)
- How to merge contiguous citations with word plugin.