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Using the Advanced Filter

Advanced Filter is a powerful filter for data views that allows you to see only what you want to see, reducing the number of records and making your views faster. When you apply the advanced filter to a view, Alloy Navigator Express refers to the database and retrieves only data that matches the filtering criteria.

You can create and apply the advanced filters as follows:

  • Advanced Filter: Design Mode- design a filter by using the intuitive, easy-to-use graphical Filter Builder

  • Advanced Filter: SQL mode - directly specify a SQL WHERE¬†clause to create a filter, then apply the filter. Using the SQL mode requires some knowledge of SQL.

Once you applied the filter, Alloy Navigator Express updates view title with the '(Filter Applied)' ending displayed both on the tab above the grid and in the status bar (for details, see Menus and Toolbars). To use the configured filter criteria more than once, you can save the view with the applied filter (for details, see Working with views).

NOTE: If you have limited the number of records to retrieve (for details, see Applying advanced preferences: Limiting the number of records to retrieve), it is recommended that you use the Advanced Filter.

NOTE: By default, Alloy Navigator Express converts the Quick Filter into the Advanced Filter when you save a grid view (for details, see Working with views). To disable automatic conversion, clear the check box in the Advanced Filter Options section of the Advanced Preferences.