The Search Bar – Introduction

Searching for just about anything is easy in Mylio. You can do so using Mylio’s Search bar. The Search bar uses advanced LuceneTM search expressions across your entire library. This allows combinations of expressions as search modifiers to search more directly for specific pieces of information. We even have Optical Character Recognition to search for words in your pictures like signs, text, or logos.

The tabs below go over the basic interface of Mylio’s Search bar and introduce some, but not all, search concepts. For more information on our Search bar please see our Advanced Search Bar support article linked here.

The Search Menu

Opening the Search menu allows you to strategically search for certain aspects of photos. Open the Search menu by clicking the small arrow on the right side of the Search bar.

The five icons at the top of the Search menu take you between Recent Imports, Pinned Searches, Keywords/ratings, People, and Map searches. These allow you to toggle between different search types and easily narrow down your desired search.

The Keywords search field will search the keyword field of any photo. Select the disclosure triangle to the right of the keyword field to display a list of all keywords within your Mylio database.

Viewing Search Results

Search results from all views other than Calendar and will show Media (separating Photos, Videos, and Documents), Folders, Albums, People, and Locations. Use the Navigation bar to change your views of the search results.



When in Folder, Album, or People view, you can select the magnifying glass in the corner of each folder displayed to get the Quick View of its contents.

When in Calendar view, simply typing a word in the search bar will search for Events. Mylio will display any event that contains the word searched for in a list on the right making it even easier to find your memories.

Search for words in your images

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is also run with standard searches to find text in your images. In the example screenshot below, you can see the term “market” searched for and several images with no keywords, titles, or captions added were found due to the word being found by Mylio in the “Public Market Center” sign in the background of the images. The use of OCR can be an additional tool in your belt to locate, and possibly even discover, more memories in your library.

Search Expressions

Finding the right photo in a large library can be time-consuming. Mylio can help you locate the photo you’re looking for by narrowing down the results shown when searching for a photo! Using specific expressions can help narrow down exactly what you are searching for. They can even be combined to narrow down your search. When a single word is put into the Search bar, the results will display any catalog entry containing that word in its filename, caption, title, or keywords. In addition to that, searches also include person names and words found by our optical character recognition.

The most commonly used search modifiers are AND, OR, IN, NOT, and (). These expressions can be used in a number of different ways and combinations to specify what you want to be included or excluded in your search. Use them to specify searches for people, places, keywords, filenames, and more!

  • AND: Tells Mylio that you want to see results for catalog entries that have both expressions.
    • Example: Michael and John will search for only catalog entries that contain both of those words in any of the fields mentioned above. That could result in two different people with the names Michael and John in the same photo or a photo of Michael standing in front of a “John Hopkin’s University” sign.
  • OR: Specifies either expression and be included in the search results. The displayed results will only require one of the two expressions to be present.
    • Example: Michael or John will search for catalog entries that contain either Michael or John in them. Results could include images that contain face tags of anyone with the first or last name Michael or even pictures of the “John Hopkin’s University” sign mentioned in the previous example.
  • IN: Can be used after an expression to specify searching within places, folders, or albums.
    • Example: Michael in Washington will search for files that contain the word Michael that are in an album, place, or folder named Washington.
  • NOT: Is a modifier to exclude expressions from search results.
    • Example: Michael not John will search for catalog entries that contain the word Michael and also do not have John in them. This would mean that the previously mentioned photo of Michael standing in front of the John Hopkin’s University sign or a photo with two face tags (one of Michael and one of John) would not be in the search results.
  • ( ): Parentheses allow you to group expressions.
    • Examples: (Michael or John) in Washington would show different results from Michael or (John in Washington). The first would search for catalog entries of when either Michael or John was in Washington. The second would search for all catalog entries of Michael, as well as catalog entries of John in Washington.

These modifiers are only an introduction to searching with expressions in Mylio! For more information on our Search bar please see our Advanced Search Bar support article linked here.



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