How to use the Global Search in the Azure portal | Azure Portal Series


Leon Welicki: Hello there and thank you very much for joining us today in this new Azure Portal How To video. Today, we learn how to use the Azure Portal global search to find any service, instance, documents, or anything that we care about in Azure. And for that, we have Paymon Parsadmehr, who’s going to show us all about that. So, thank you very much for joining us, Paymon. Paymon Parsadmehr: Thank you, Leon. Happy to be here. Alright. So, Azure has a lot of offerings, a lot of services; sometimes it could be pretty tricky trying to navigate around the portal. So, what we tried to do with the global search feature here is basically have one central location where you’re able to go through and navigate. To get things started, we click into here, into the global search bar. And as you can see, we have a search history and we have recents. Recents will be the identical that you see on the Azure home. Search history will be some of the previous searches that you’ve done. Leon: So, basically, I get anything that I type it’s going to offer me at the top. And anything that I used is going to be offered at the bottom. Paymon: Correct, correct. So, let’s get started. Let’s say I’m new to Azure and I’m interested in how to create a VM. So, I basically say how to create VM, and as you can see in our documentation section here, there’s a quick start guide on how to do that. Let’s say I go through those steps and it’s asking me to go and look up the virtual machine service. I come here. I type in virtual machine. And there you are. I go here. There’s the service I was looking for. And this will give me a list of all the virtual machines that I have. Leon: So, basically, when you search for a service and you select that service, you get to the initial page for that service. Paymon: Correct. Leon: Right? I mean in the VMs, in this case, you’re getting to the list of all the VM instances, but if you would be in Security Center, you can jump directly to Security Center. Paymon: Correct, correct. And here as well, let’s say I forgot how to spell virtual machine or I fat fingered it. Here, it’s actually smart enough to detect that as well. So, let’s say machine, I add an extra L in there. I still get that. Let’s say also virtual machine generally in the industry, they call them VMs. So, we go VM, there it is. VMs, there it is. And you can tell that as I type, results are being updated all the time. And there’s no lag or wait time. This is a new improvement with the global search feature. Leon: That’s great. And also, of course, this is not only limited to VMs. You can search any service that is available in Azure, right? Paymon: Correct. Leon: Perfect. Paymon: So, let’s say I’ve done that. I got what I needed out of there, and now I remember about a year ago in a hackathon, I had a service that had to do with—I don’t remember the exact instance name—but I remember that I had the word ear in it. So, let me go in here and I think it’s my ear, I believe, and I search for that and, look, there it is. So, under resources, you can see the instance name itself there. Leon: And basically, if I click on that instance, you will go right away. You’ll jump into that instance, right? Paymon: Correct, correct. Leon: So, basically, we first are looking for services, which is great. And now, we are looking for instances. Paymon: As well, yes, correct. And we also have a reflow, so I come in here and do virtual machine, and as you can see over here, there are more results to display in the marketplace as well as for documentation. This is an overflow link to be able to open the experience with the same filter criteria that you had before on a new page. Leon: So, basically, what would happen when you have one of those overflows is you would get to a list, you would pass the same filter, and you would get a longer list honoring the filter that you entered in the global search, right? Paymon: Correct, correct, correct. Leon: Fantastic. Paymon: And one more thing is global search is always there for you. So, at any point regardless of what you’re doing in the portal, you can always access it by entering the search bar above or there’s a keyboard shortcut, which is G plus slash. And that will also put you into the search menu. Leon: And, of course, G plus slash engages the global search where you get right away the search history and the recents, but, of course, you can start typing and you can fully navigate using the keyboard without the need of using the mouse, right? Paymon: Correct, correct. Leon: That’s great. Paymon: So, just to give a recap of everything that we just went over, we come back to the home page. So within the global search bar, you have the search history, you have the recents. You start to type. Everything is updated as you type. You look for your service or you look for the resource name itself. Or if you need to know how to get started with something, there is the documentation there as well. And always, G plus slash will get you back to the search bar. Leon: Thank you very much, Paymon. And thanks, every one of you for watching. Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment in the comments section on what would you like to see in the global search. Follow us on Twitter. Look forward to seeing you in the next video. And thank you very much for watching.

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