Quick filter in Contents Panel in Catalog Window

12-18-2013 09:58 PM
Status: Under Consideration
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When one has many features to show in this tiny window, i.e. from big professional database, sometimes it's problematic and takes time to find the one feature class you need. Especially if you see many schemas you need to search through to all of them. If there was a dynamic kind of filter (as a header I guess?) it would be easy to i.e. type the user name to show all tables he particularly owns.

I'am aware that there's a search window, but, in my opinion there wouldn't be a problem if those two functionalities were functioning side by side.

Also, if you select something in the tree pane, you can copy the path of the item from the Location field above. If it's selected in the content panel this path is still only for the container selected in tree pane. If I want to copy whole path e.g. for the python script, I need to select it in the tree pane, not in a container. If the tree branch for this connection is big (it's usually not short)... Try to find it on the tree when you have hundred tables.

The ArcCatalog Quick Find Tool would be a great addition to ArcGIS Pro, making filtering data (especially SDE connections to large databases) easy.


We have similar problems with HANA databases that list thousands of table from the SAP BW schema.  Being able to filter on the geodatabase connection would be great.


Sure wish the Quick Find tool was available in Pro. It would be a great way to find feature classes, maps, layouts, etc. I use Quick Find in ArcCatalog every day to quickly filter down a large enterprise geodatabase to the feature classes that I need work or adding to a map. It really limits the amount of scrolling in my day. 


I use the Quick Find tool in ArcCatalog. I sure wish it was a feature in Pro. The current indexing doesn't ever work for me, hardly ever. The Quick Find tool filters what is on screen. Oh and it is fast. I'm trying to get the same quick find in Pro or maybe an option to replace the index with a find. Anything that works is better than the current indexing.


Thank you for the comment @Frank_Veldhuis_MCGOV be sure to give the idea kudos to up the vote count!

Status changed to: Under Consideration

In the Catalog pane: 

It would be helpful if we could easily filter objects in a specific geodatabase/connection.

For example, search a specific enterprise geodatabase for the word "sewer".


I'm aware that there is a search bar in the Catalog pane. But I've never had any luck using it.

  • In ArcGIS Pro 2.6.8, it always just says, "Indexing is in progress. Please wait or search again later."

    I posted a related question in July 2022: Searching for an object in Catalog hangs

    The same thing happens when I search a geodatabase using the Catalog View.


  • And in ArcGIS 3.0.3 (a different computer), the search doesn't produce any results, even though there are feature classes in a mobile geodatabase with "sewer" in the name:
    The same problem happens with file geodatabases.

So my assumption is that search functionality isn't designed to work the way I want it to.


  • I don't really utilize projects much, other than creating a project in order to use ArcGIS Pro. I simply explore data in Catalog and occasionally add objects to the map to see what they look like.
  • One of the reasons is: It's often best to start from scratch when doing testing. I'd rather start with a new project than use an old one, to make sure there aren't any lingering issues in the project that would compromise the test.
  • So I don't want to index a geodatabase in a project file. I want to open a new project and easily search my enterprise geodatabase connection without any other overhead. That kind of thing is possible in a SQL client like SQL Developer (Oracle). No indexes required. So I don't see why an index is needed when searching geodatabase objects in ArcGIS Pro.



Typical for ESRI! Pseudo/false-features, half-implementations, half-hearted or no testing, pompous announcement of new versions and...BUG, BUGS, XXXBUGS! Yes, Bugs are an inexhaustible source of ESRI's new versions of ArcGIS Pro, and always in progressive progress!
Your problem is the problem of many of us, (never solved!), but not ESRI's! Check it in the next version and see for yourself.