I have a list of things and I want to filter them based on a text input AND categories implemented using vertical tabs.

Currently the categories tabs have precedence over the text input, as in: the text input filters out the results under the current category only.

Is that something users can find non-intuitive and wonder why they're not finding something?
What would be the easiest solution to rectify this issue?

  • is there any chance you can add a screenshot? Your description is difficult to visualise.
    – SteveD
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 10:03

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Yes, it can be confusing. If the user is not allowed to use text search alone, it can be solved by a simple notification:

You are now searching for "BMW" under "Automotives" category

Or, if the user is allowed to use each filter independently as well, you can simply ask him, look at the Reddit approach:

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The user would know if he unchecks that option, the search would become global, otherwise it will be a sub-search for a subreddit, or in your case a category.

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