The Area Search window may be opened from the top menu bar, World → Area Search.
It allows you to search for objects in the region. It is extremely flexible, and allows you not just to visually locate objects, but also to interact with them at a distance.
When you open the Area Search window, you start with the list view, as yet unpopulated. To do a full scan of all objects right away, click the Refresh button at the bottom of the window. Otherwise, you may first narrow your search criteria on the other tabs. These are described below.
Once you have a list of objects displayed, you can right click any one for a menu, which allows “long distance” interaction with the selected object:
At the lower right of the window is Show Beacons; this displays a crosshair beacon on all of the objects in the list. Useful mainly if you first narrowed your search criteria.
Use the fields in this tab to narrow the search down according to various attributes:
Supply partial or full text in one or more of those fields to search on them. Click Search at the bottom to start the search - which will switch you back to the List tab. click Clear to clear all fields.
It is also possible to use Regular expressions in these fields, by clicking the checkbox. Regular expressions are too complex to explain here, so please refer to:
Here are some examples to get you started: 1)
This tab offers even more powerful selection criteria for narrowing down the types of objects to search for.
Onceyou have selected your search criteria, click Apply to begin searching.
The options here control which columns are shown in the List tab: