SharePoint Search

Visual Refiners Versus OOTB Refiners

SharePoint 2013 includes refiners that allow users to drill into search results and quickly explore and find information.  These refiners can be styled and configured but have a number of limitations such as:

  • No visual presentation beyond histogram for date refiner
  • Poor usability when there are many different refiner values
  • No multi-select for hierarchical refiners
  • Lack of search within refiners beyond author refiner


BA Insight's Visual Refiners eliminates these restrictions and adds more:

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    Any and all refiners can be presented visually
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    Refiner presentations include pie chart, bar chart, histogram, and tree
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    Multi-select and search-within-refiners area available for flat and hierarchical refiners
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    Hover panel layouts allow for easy scanning of many refiner values
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    Date pickers allow precise selection of date values and ranges in a natural UI
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    Site trees let users easily explore and select content based on the sites or file folders it resides in
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    Search within results - allows users to add more words to a search query without clearing the refiner selections
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    Export results - put the full result set and refiner values into Excel for sharing, analysis, and auditing
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    Saved searches - let users save and rerun queries including their refiner selections to re-find content and check for new content