I'm projecting a New tree-view for a system, but my doubt is about the Search.

Would I put a button that the user select if he wants to search also subfolders, or the system would to search automatically in your subfolders ?

Sketch of interface, for more details

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  • And to put others buttons , like: "include subfolders" ; "include all folders".
    – MPossel
    Aug 26 '15 at 22:18
  • Did you get answer for your Q Sep 11 '15 at 16:28
  • @grafixguru not yet.
    – MPossel
    Sep 11 '15 at 20:13

1.If the tree nodes are fixed, not going to increase and its around 100 nodes. Then better to go with just search box ( no need of button).It searches automatically as soon as user types 3 character.

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  1. If the tree node is gong to increase in future, nodes are around 1000+ then its better to add a button with search box. User will input the search criteria in a search text box and trigger search functionality with 'Go' button. This is the scalable. enter image description here
  • Hi. The search box is about that content has in the each folder, and no about the folders specifically.
    – MPossel
    Aug 27 '15 at 13:21
  • note getting your comment, could you please rephrase the sentence. Aug 27 '15 at 14:20
  • The search field to which I refer, it is search for content within folders, not the search for folders in the tree-view.
    – MPossel
    Aug 27 '15 at 17:06
  • Ok got it. Please update the question with details. If you could share the simple sketch, it helps to give better solution/answer. Based on my understanding it's better to use sear box with button. It's scalable. It helps in the implementation n interaction. It will be clear to the user on what action they are performing. My answer would help partially. Aug 27 '15 at 17:45
  • Updated ;) Sorry about the language in portuguese. :)
    – MPossel
    Sep 3 '15 at 22:15

I guess it depends on your data and the tasks your users have to perform. Without knowing more about your product, I would reccomend searching automatically in subfolders. Search is very seldom done right and from my experience, users resort to search when they cannot visually find the data they are looking for (either because there is too much data on the screen or the information hierarchy is not clear).

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