This documentation is for XNAT versions 1.6.0 - 1.6.5. You can find the latest documentation for XNAT 1.7 at https://xnat.org/documentation
The standard search box in the top bar of the XNAT application can help you quickly find the data element you want to work on:
Many experienced XNAT users quickly adopt this as one of their favorite shortcuts for navigating their data. However, its behavior differs from the now-ubiquitous Google-style search boxes that proliferate in the web today. Here's a quick introduction to how XNAT Search works.
The standard search sends a quick query to the XNAT database, looking to match a project, subject or experiment to one of the following conditions:
ID = [entry], or
Title = [entry], or
Alias = [entry], or
Keywords LIKE [entry]
If you send an entry that finds multiple matches, you will get a disambiguation results page. For example, searching for "001" in XNAT Central yields results
Standard Search Limitations
The standard XNAT home page contains a more detailed set of search controls, allowing you to find content by a wider range of conditions. For example, searching for "glioma" on XNAT Central using the search function on the Projects tab successfully locates the IGT_GLIOMA project.
This search interface differs from the top bar in that it produces a data table as its search result, rather than trying to take you directly to the best-fit result page. Here is the resulting format of the previous search: