Search and Select By Attributes Using Find and Advanced Find

Use Ortelius’ Find and Advanced Find toolbar to find and select features by their attribute information.

Find Objects

The Search Bar on the toolbar is used to find objects. Type in a search term and Ortelius will find and select any matching objects on the currently active layer. Objects are searched by default based on: 1. visible text, such as text boxes or labels, and 2. the “searchable text” of objects, which may include their attribute values.


For example, a simple search for “china” (note, not case-sensitive) quickly finds and selects the country from the active layer.



Operators available from a drop-down list are used to define the search.

Advanced Find


The drop-down menu on the Search Bar is used to open the Advanced Find window. Advanced Find presents a drop-down list of the fields that are available for searching. These include object and style properties, such as style name and any available attribute identifiers.

By default, the active layer is searched. As needed, check the option to search all layers. A search can be saved as a Smart Search for later use.


Hint: The “sounds similar to” operator finds text that sounds similar when pronounced in English – for example searching for “Fosfer” will find “Phosphor.” All other searches find an exact (but case-insensitive) match based on the actual characters.