Depending on the size of your model, it may be difficult to find an element with a specific name or type. You can search and filter to find a specific element in ModelBuilder.
Search for elements
To search for a model element, type the name of the element in the Search text box in the upper right of the model view. As you type, you will see a list of suggested model elements that match the characters you typed. Choose an element name from the suggestions list to select the element in the model.
Regular expressions can be used to search for model elements. The table below contains examples using regular expressions.
Select elements that match the exact keyword.
Find elements that start with the characters before *.
Find elements that end with the characters after *.
Find elements that contain multiple keywords.
Find elements that contain characters between two *.
Find elements with any character in a list [ ].
Find elements that match keywords on either side of |.
Find elements that match one keyword and contain another keyword.
Find elements that either contain a keyword or begin with a specific keyword.
If the search returns multiple selected elements, use the Next and Previous arrows to browse the selected elements. Previous search history can be accessed from the Recent Searches drop-down menu.
Filters in a model help refine the search results. Checking multiple filters returns elements matching any of the selected filters. When you apply filters, the model zooms to selected elements that match the filter. When the filter is unchecked, the model zooms back to the original level.
Selects all model elements
Selects input variables (blue ovals)
Selects tool outputs (green ovals)
Selects variables that are model parameters
Parameters with filters
Selects model parameters with filters
Add to display
Selects variables with Add To Display checked
Selects variables with Intermediate Data checked
Selects variables with defined symbology
Selects built-in-tools in the model
Selects script tools in the model
Elements with precondition
Selects elements with preconditions
Inline variable substitution
Selects elements that use inline variable substitution
When all filters are unchecked, no model elements are selected.
You can combine filters and search to find elements that meet both the filter and the search criteria. For example, searching for an element with the keyword *Polygon* and the Parameter, Add To Display and Model Tools filters checked will select elements with the word Polygon in the name that are a model parameter, have Add To Display checked, or are a model tool.