Inspect Items With the Content Browser

The Content Browser page, essentially a search interface, allows you to filter and inspect the searchable content available from your Coveo organization. This page is particularly useful to validate changes made to your organization and to troubleshoot issues.

  • When a query doesn’t match any existing query pipeline rules in your organization, the Content Browser uses the default query pipeline configuration (see Set a query pipeline as the default one). You can always force the Content Browser to use a specific pipeline (see Test a Query Pipeline).

    For example, you have a rule in a query pipeline that applies when matching a specific query and that exact query is performed, then the Context Browser uses that pipeline instead of the default one.

  • The Content Browser page allows you not only to view your entire organization content, but also to view the content visible to a specific security identity for troubleshooting purposes (see Search as an Identity).

Browse All the Content of Your Organization Index

In the Content Browser search results list, members only see source items that they’re authorized to see, respecting item permissions and preventing the disclosure of potentially sensitive content (see Content Security and Manage Security Identities).

  • When a source just finished being built or rebuilt, it may take several minutes for the index to process the transactions before new or modified source content is visible and searchable in the Content Browser.

  • If Content Browser facets aren’t displayed or show an abnormal behavior, the facet cache update may be delayed by a high-demanding index operation of greater priority, such as the indexing process or a backup. The facet should show a normal behavior within an hour; if not, contact the Coveo Support team.

  • With Coveo for Salesforce Free, the Content Browser only queries a small part of your Salesforce index by default to reduce the load on your environment. The search bar is still fully functional, and as such, the following query can be used to browse your Salesforce items in your Coveo organization:

    @objecttype==(Account, KnowledgeArticleVersion, Case, Contact, FeedItem, ContentDocument, Lead, Opportunity, User) (NOT @sftype==(ContentPost,CollaborationGroupCreated,CreateRecordEvent))

When you’re a member of the Administrators built-in group (having the View all content privilege enabled), by default you will only see search results for source items that you’re authorized to see. This means that you may not see some items of a source or even entire sources.

As a member of the Administrators group, to allow you to troubleshoot search issues, you can temporarily bypass these item permissions as follows:

  1. On the Content Browser page, next to the search box, click Settings, and then select Preferences.

  2. In the Preferences panel, under Advanced Settings, select the View all content check box.

If you leave and come back to the Content Browser page, the View all content check box is cleared.

Test a Query Pipeline

The Content Browser can use a specific query pipeline to investigate issues or validate changes.

  1. On the Content Browser page, click the Pipeline drop-down menu in the upper-right corner, and then select the query pipeline that you want to test.

  2. Perform queries to validate the behavior of this specific pipeline.

Narrow Search Results

On the Content Browser page, take advantage of the following search interface features to filter searchable items from your organization:

Once you’re done with the filters, you can bookmark the web page or copy/paste the URL in the place of your choice to be able to later access the same state of the Content Browser.

  • Use facets

    • Select items in facets to narrow your search to these items.

    • Exclude facet items to narrow your search to all items but those. To do so, hover over the area to the left of the item number, and then click X.


    • Click Settings to change how facet values are sorted. You can sort by:

      • Occurrences: the number of results referenced by each facet value

      • Score: the relevance score of the results referenced by each facet value

        The relevance score is established by a formula that gives more points to a facet value depending on the position of the items the value references in the search results.

        For example, a facet value matching the first result in the list has a better score than a facet value matching 100 items that appear after the first 1,000 results.

      • Label: the starting character of each facet value (alphanumerically)

      When applicable, you can also customize the sorting order (Ascending or Descending).

  • Use the search box

    Enter appropriate keywords in the search box to only show items containing specific keywords.

  • Select the index of which you want to browse the content

    See Index under Content Browser Preferences.

Inspect Search Result Items

On the Content Browser page, use the following search interface features to inspect returned items:

  • Look at the title and the excerpt in which searched keywords are highlighted.

  • Look at the item card to identify useful information such as the item URI, and indexing and creation date.

  • Click the item title or select the item card, and then in the Action bar, click Open to open the item directly in its original system.

    You leave the Coveo Administration Console when you perform this action.

  • Double-click an item card or select a card, and then in the Action bar, click Properties to see:

    • the whole content included for the item;

    • all fields and their values for the item;

    • item permissions.

  • Select an item card, and then click Open in Log Browser to see the log entries associated to this item (see Review Item Logs).

  • Debug panel

    Hold the Alt key and double-click anywhere on a result to bring the Debug pop-up panel where you can see much more information about the item such as ranking information (see Use the JavaScript Search Debug Panel).

    Close the Debug panel by clicking its header or outside the panel.

  • Customize how search results are opened and create filters (see Results filtering expressions).

    You only want to look at search results from year 2016 or later.

  • View, copy, and share the complete query sent to the Coveo Cloud server in the Share Query panel, which can be reached by clicking Settings next to the search box, and then selecting Share Query.

  • Export search results to a Microsoft Excel™ spreadsheet

    The Export to Excel feature creates a spreadsheet (.xlsx) in which each row is a search result (starting with the top ones) and each column is the content of one field.

    This feature is useful to easily compare the value of one or more fields in parallel for several results. You can also use the feature to quickly create lists of any values that can be searched for.

    1. Perform a search for which you want to export search results.

    2. On the right of the search box, click Settings, and then select Export to Excel.

      A spreadsheet containing the first 1000 results is downloaded.

Content Browser Preferences

On the Content Browser page, the Preferences panel allows you to enable additional page options.

To access this panel, in the right of the search box, click Settings, and then select Preferences.

Options are the following:

Open in Outlook

When Microsoft Outlook is installed on your device, select this option to open Microsoft Exchange email search results that you click in Outlook. When this check box isn’t selected, the email message rather opens in Outlook Web App (OWA).

  • The configuration of a search interface such as one for mobile devices may ignore this parameter and always open email search results in the Quick View.

  • The Open in Outlook option is only available for Microsoft Exchange search results.

Always Open Results in New Window

Select this option to open a search result in a new browser tab when an end user clicks it. When this check box isn’t selected, a search result that you click opens in the current browser tab, replacing the search interface.

Enable Debug Mode

On the Content Browser page, debug mode is disabled by default to increase performances. However, if you want to troubleshoot search issues (e.g., pipeline issues), you can display additional information in your browser developer tools by enabling debug mode. See also Debug panel.


In the Index drop-down menu, select the index of which you want to browse the content. Default value is Any index.

When you change the index to browse, the query and selected facets are kept.

View All Content

See Browse All the Content of Your Organization Index.

Results Filtering Expressions

  1. Click Create to define a new filter.

  2. In the Caption box, enter a name indicating what the filter does.

  3. In the Expression box, enter a filter expression. You can use any query expression that you could use in a search box (see Coveo Cloud Query Syntax Reference).

  4. In the Tab box, select the tab on which the filter should apply.

  5. Once a filter is defined, click the check mark on the right to save it.

You always only want to look at search results from year 2014 or later.


Endpoint Unavailable

On the Content Browser page, in rare cases, you may see the following message in the Content Browser:

Endpoint Unavailable

Coveo Cloud could not establish a connection with the provided search endpoint. See the Online Help for more details.

This message is most probably caused by a short temporary Search API service interruption.

  • Try reloading the Content Browser page in a few minutes.

  • Check on to see if an incident is reported and managed for the Search API.

  • Contact Coveo Support if the problem persists.

Required Privileges

The following table indicates the privileges required to use the Content Browser page and view associated pages (see Manage Privileges and Privilege Reference). No elements can be edited in the page. However, you need to have the Allowed access level on the Execute queries service to access the page.

Action Service - Domain Required access level
View associated pages

Analytics - Analytics data

Analytics - Dimensions

Content - Fields

Content - Security identities

Content - Sources

Use the Content Browser and view associated pages

Analytics - Analytics data

Analytics - Dimensions

Content - Fields

Content - Security identities

Content - Sources


Search - Execute queries

Search - View all content

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