Using fields. You can use the query language and field specifications to only search certain parts of documents. This can be especially helpful with email, for example only searching emails from a specific originator: search tips from:helpfulgui

Ajusting the result table columns. When displaying results in table mode, you can use a right click on the table headers to activate a pop-up menu which will let you adjust what columns are displayed. You can drag the column headers to adjust their order. You can click them to sort by the field displayed in the column. You can also save the result list in CSV format.

Changing the GUI geometry. It is possible to configure the GUI in wide form factor by dragging the toolbars to one of the sides (their location is remembered between sessions), and moving the category filters to a menu (can be set in the PreferencesGUI configurationUser interface panel).

Query explanation. You can get an exact description of what the query looked for, including stem expansion, and Boolean operators used, by clicking on the result list header.

Advanced search history. As of Recoll 1.18, you can display any of the last 100 complex searches performed by using the up and down arrow keys while the advanced search panel is active.

Browsing the result list inside a preview window. Entering Shift-Down or Shift-Up (Shift + an arrow key) in a preview window will display the next or the previous document from the result list. Any secondary search currently active will be executed on the new document.

Scrolling the result list from the keyboard. You can use PageUp and PageDown to scroll the result list, Shift+Home to go back to the first page. These work even while the focus is in the search entry.

Result table: moving the focus to the table. You can use Ctrl-r to move the focus from the search entry to the table, and then use the arrow keys to change the current row. Ctrl-Shift-s returns to the search.

Result table: open / preview. With the focus in the result table, you can use Ctrl-o to open the document from the current row, Ctrl-Shift-o to open the document and close recoll, Ctrl-d to preview the document.

Editing a new search while the focus is not in the search entry. You can use the Ctrl-Shift-S shortcut to return the cursor to the search entry (and select the current search text), while the focus is anywhere in the main window.

Forced opening of a preview window. You can use Shift+Click on a result list Preview link to force the creation of a preview window instead of a new tab in the existing one.

Closing previews. Entering Ctrl-W in a tab will close it (and, for the last tab, close the preview window). Entering Esc will close the preview window and all its tabs.

Printing previews. Entering Ctrl-P in a preview window will print the currently displayed text.

Quitting. Entering Ctrl-Q almost anywhere will close the application.