Searching in Webdam

This article will review:


Basic search:

Basic search allows you to perform a quick search across all metadata fields (i.e. keywords, description, etc.)

  • Log into Webdam.

  • Enter the search term(s) in the search box and click Enter/Return on your keyboard. (Read more about search tips.)

  • Search terms/parameters will display above the asset thumbnails. Click the X to remove a search parameter.
  • Search cannot be made for folders and EXIF fields.


  • Status filters: Filter your results by asset status. You can refer to the following DAMSuccess articles to learn more about the corresponding statuses: Setting a folder or asset status (active, inactive, expired and unexpired), approval requests (approved, rejected and pending) and publishing (published and unpublished).
    • Click Status filters.
    • Click each status type that you want returned in your search results.
    • Click the file type again to remove it from the list.




Advanced Search:

Image filters: Allows you to filter your results by resolution, size and orientation.

To filter:

  • Click Advanced option under the search box.
  • Click Image filters.
  • To filter on images by resolution, width and/or height:
    • Enter the desired resolution or size into the corresponding box. 
    • Click the dropdown menu to set the filter by minimum, maximum or equal measurements. 
    • Click Apply
  • To filter on images by orientation:
    • Click Vertical, Horizontal or Square to filter on orientation. 
    • Click All to include all asset orientations.




    • Click Keywords.
    • Check the box next to the keyword(s) you want to search for.
    • If you select multiple keywords, click AND to return assets that have all keywords associated or OR to return assets that have any of the keywords associated.  
    • Uncheck the box next to Auto select parents if you don’t want parent keywords to be selected when choosing a nested keyword.

  • Archival: Allows customers with the archival storage add-on feature to filter on assets that are archived or not archived. (Read more about archival storage.)

    • Click Advanced options under the search box.
    • By default, assets that aren’t archived will be returned in search results. Click Archived to filter on assets that have been archived or All to have all assets returned.

Additional search tips:

Folder search: You can narrow your search results to a specific folder (including nested folders) by first selecting the desired folder in the folder tree and entering your search variables.

Partial match: When searching, partial word matches are not typically returned (with the exception of filenames, see below). For example, searching “brand” will not return assets with “branding” associated. You can use an asterisk to expand your search results.

  • Format: Add an asterisk before or after the term. Don’t add a space between the term and the asterisk
  • Example: brand*
  • Results: Returns assets with brand, branding, brands or other terms containing “brand.”

Filenames: When searching, partial filenames will be returned. For example, searching for brand will return a filename of “Superfly Branding.” In addition, you can either search for the entire filename, including or excluding the file extension.

In-document searching: Certain assets, such as Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, will be returned if the searched term is found in the text of the file. (Read more about the file types that allow for in-document searching.)    

Empty field operator: Find assets that don’t contain any metadata for a specific metadata field. For example, you may be looking for assets without any keywords applied.

  • Format: Enter the metadata field name into brackets beginning with a question mark: ?[metadata field name]
    • Example: ?[keyword]
  • Result: Returns assets that have no keywords associated.

AND operator: Returns assets with all searched terms associated. The terms may be found in any order and any metadata field (see below to search for phrases).

  • Format: Enter the terms separated by a space or an “and”.
  • Example:
    • brand guidelines
    • brand and guidelines
  • Results: Returns assets that have both “brand” and “guidelines” associated. 

OR Operator: Returns results containing any of your search terms.

  • Format: Enter the terms separated by an “or”.
  • Example: brand or guidelines
  • Results: Returns assets that that have either “brand” or “guidelines” associated. 

Negative Operator: Exclude a word from the search results.

  • Format: Add a minus sign in front of the word. Don't include a space between the minus sign and the word.
  • Example: brand -guidelines
  • Results: Returns assets where the term “brand” is associated but not “guidelines”.

Phrases or exact match: Returns results where the searched terms are found together in the metadata or document and in the same order.

  • Format: Include quotation marks around the search terms.
  • Example: “new brand guidelines”
  • Results: Returns assets with the phrase “new brand guidelines” associated.

Searching by filenames

Filenames are treated differently than other metadata fields and keywords. When a basic search is conducted, all metadata fields are queried. For filenames, the search parses filenames and returns assets with any of the terms or phrases in the filename. This ensures broader results are retrieved. For example, if you search brandguidelines123, the following filenames could be retrieved:

  • BrandGuidelines123.jpg
  • BrandGuidelines456.jpg
  • BrandGuidelinesandLogos.eps
  • 123_photoshoot.jpg

To search an exact match for a filename, surround it with quotes. The closest match will always be ranked at the top of search results. To locate an asset with the filename brandguidelines123, search “brandguidelines123”. The file extension is not needed, but may be included.




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