Saving Documents to Folders with Custom Field Codes in Your Query
In this current implementation of custom data fields, a known issue is the inability to save documents to a research folder from a query with a custom field field code.
In other words, if you run a query like _QUAL:Good where _QUAL is a custom data field field code, the documents cannot be directly saved to a research folder.
Notice the error message you get when your query contains a custom field code, _QUAL (1) in this case.
Fortunately, there are at least four simple workarounds, which in most cases are quite easy.
- Save the search, not the documents
- Select the documents then use Selected>Save to Folder option
- Export the list and use Numbers Search then save to folder
- Export the list and import directly to a folder
Currently the model for selecting and custom fields is different from that of folders. We'll fix these issues shortly when we do our next set of upgrades on the research folders and integrate them into the new model used for custom fields. For now, you'll find these simple workarounds quite simple and quick.
1. Save the Search, Not the Documents
2. For Short Lists of Patents: Select then Save to Folder
If the number of patents you wish to save to a folder is fairly small, say less than a few hundred, follow these steps...
- Select the documents you want to save using the Check box in the rows (1), or Column Check Box (2) in the header.
- From the Selected menu, choose Add to Folder, and the documents can be saved to the folder.
3. For Large Lists: Export then Use Number Search Feature
If your list is more than several hundred patent documents, then you can save the documents to a folder using the Export All option, then use the Number Search method.
- Export the list of documents into a Spreadsheet using Export All (1)
- Then Save All to Folder
In this case, you see the same 2020 documents, but there is no query containing a custom field code preventing you from saving the documents to a research folder.
4. Really Big Lists: Export, then Import Directly into a Folder
Of course, for really big lists, the best option might be to just save the search, but there is another option if you want to save tens of thousands of patents to a folder.
- Export the list as above
- Copy column A with the patent numbers from the spreadsheet
- Select the Folder and click the Import button (1),
- Paste the column A from the spreadsheet into the Import dialog box (2)
- Click the Import button (3)
You can save up to 50,000 documents to a folder using this technique.