Searching and Filtering

Finding phrases in the Phrases tab of your Localize dashboard

For applications with a lot of content, finding specific phrases can be challenging. Localize offers several ways to help you search and filter phrases in the Manage Phrases page of your Localize dashboard.


Using Multiple Filters

Keep in mind that you can use many combinations of the following filters to dig down deep to find specific phrases.

Simple Search Bar

You can use the search bar to search for:

  • Text in the source language
  • Text in any of the target languages

Simply start typing in the search bar and Localize will start searching as you type. You can also use various symbols when searching like @ $ * # ( ) € & ? [ ] { } + etc.


Searching for Target Language Text

If you search with a target language text string and that target language isn't the currently selected language, the search text will still be found and the source language phrase will be displayed with the currently selected language's translation (if available). Switching to the target language of the search text will display the translation in that target language.

Advanced Search

For more complex searches you can use our Advanced Search feature by clicking on the sliders icon in the simple search bar.

Create an Advanced Search

On the Advanced Search page, you can select from various criteria and combine them to create a more complex and targeted search.

  1. Select a Language
    1. You can search in any language that's in your project.
  2. Select a Field
    1. Phrase Text
    2. Phrase Text (Case Sensitive)
    3. Created
    4. Last Requested
    5. Number of Requests
  3. Select an Operator
    1. Options here will depend on which Field was selected.
  4. Select a Value
    1. Options here will depend on which Field was selected.

Multiple Criteria

  • Click on the plus (+) button to add another criterion.
  • Click on the minus (-) button to remove one.
  • Click the Clear button to clear the criterion in that row so that you can re-enter it.
  • Click Clear All to remove all criteria and start over.

Save an Advanced Search

If you create an Advanced Search that you'll want to use in the future, you can save the search and give it a name.

  1. Click on Save Filter and provide a name.
  2. In the future, you can select the search from the Saved Filters panel.

Edit an Advanced Search

To change a search, click the Edit Criteria link and make your changes.

Clear an Advanced Search

To remove the Advanced Search filter, click on the Clear All link.

Sorting Phrases

You can sort the phrases on the Manage Phrases page by clicking the Sort by button.

Pick from the following:

  1. Date Added
    1. Newest
    2. Oldest
  2. # of Pages
    1. Most Pages
    2. Fewest Pages
  3. Requested
    1. Most Requested
    2. Least Requested
  4. Reset
    1. Remove the sort.

You'll see relevant info added to each phrase based on the chosen sort.

Filtering Phrases

Filter by Bin

You can filter which phrases you are viewing by selecting the specific Bin that you wish to view, based on the phrase states.

Filter by Language

Selecting a specific language will show translations for the selected language.

Filter by Pages

(not applicable in Mobile App projects)

Selecting a page/folder from the filter by Pages list will show all phrases in that page or folder.


3 Levels Deep

The Pages filter goes up to 3 folders deep. If you have content that is in deeper subfolders, it will be visible in its parent folder when using this filter.

Filter by Labels

If you have added any custom labels to your phrases, you can filter by one or more labels. You can also filter by System Labels.

NOTE: To filter by multiple labels, simply select each of the desired labels in the list.

When using the Labels filter you have the following options:

  • Search for a label
  • Select one or more labels (or None)
  • Page through your available labels
  • Create a new label


Example Use Case: Find All SEO-related Phrases

  • To find all SEO-related phrases you can select the following system labels:
    • lzm-meta-description
    • lzm-meta-keywords
    • lzm-meta-og:description
    • lzm-meta-og:title
    • lzm‑meta‑twitter:description
    • lzm-meta-twitter:title
    • lz-page-title
  • It's a best practice to have these phrases translated by a human so that they are more accurate for the search engines to find and when displayed in the search results.
    • To check which of these phrases have not yet been translated by a human, combine this filter with the Translated By filter and select **No Human Translation".

Read here how to save this filter.

Filter by Translated By

You can use one or more of the many filters in the "Translated By" filter, including translated by machine, translated by any human, or translated by a specific human.


Example User Story: Finding phrases not yet translated by a human

If you are trying to find all phrases that have not yet been translated by a human, use the "Translated by: No Human Translation" filter.

The "Translated by: Machine" filter shows all phrases that were ever translated by machine.

Filter by Created

You can filter by the date or time period that phrases were created.
Select a preset range from the list, or select your own custom date range using the calendar.

Filter by Last Requested Date

You can filter by the date or time period that phrases were last requested by any user on your website.
Select a preset range from the list, or select your own custom date range using the calendar.

Filter by Number of Requests

You can filter the list of phrases by the number of times a phrase was requested by users on your website.

Finding Spam Content: This is helpful for finding phrases that were only requested one or two times, which is typically an indication of spam content. The phrases can be reviewed and if spam, moved to the Blocked bin so that Localize will ignore the phrase in the future.

You can enter one of three values for the number of requests:

  1. Equals - the phrases were requested this exact number of times
  2. Greater than
  3. Less than

Pre-defined Filters

Localize provides you with a starting point with some pre-defined filters in the Saved Filters panel.
You can select from these 4 filters.

SEO Metadata

This filter will show only those phrases that have the appropriate Localize SEO-related system label applied to them, like lz-page-title, lz-meta-description, etc.).

High-Traffic Pending Phrases

This filter shows any phrases that were requested by your end users over 100 times.

Recently-Seen Pending Phrases

This filter shows phrases that were created within the last hour.

New Machine Translations

This filter shows phrases that had machine language translations generated within the last week.

Save Your Own Filters

After you've used the searching and filtering features above you'll be able to save your filter to use again later.

For example, let's say you want to search for all phrases that use variables.

1. Create Your Filter

Select the lz-dynamic-phrase and lz-has-variable Labels.

2. Save Your Filter

Click Save Filter, name your filter, then click Save Filter.


3. View Your Filter

Later, you can select your filter to view all phrases that match.
Simply click on the filter in the Saved Filters list.

4. Rename or Edit a Filter

You can also rename or edit your filter by clicking on the Edit Filter link.

5. Delete a Filter

You can delete a filter by clicking on the trash can icon and confirming the deletion.