Hi Greg, categories is probably a good way to go.
Another way is to use the file type. See the attached cex file with a search card, you can use a drop down with some text to limit your search by file type.
Hope it helps
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This is a great example. Thanks for your help!
Categories are worthless for EPDM searches. Ridiculous, but there is no way to search with them. But most people don't use Categories for much.
... I looked at Prasad's search card. You probably mean the Correct answer is the Name search with *.sldprt and other extensions you can select. I did not actually use the card, but I'm assuming it puts in the file extension text and then you must be careful to type the search in front of that. I prefer having a separate field for file extension, use it when you want to restrict the search (or for some groups you could set a default value). It does take a little more setup - you must create a variable for it (instead of simply using the EPDM "Name" variable.
I actually store the whole file path in a variable, and then it can be used to check file extensions or a number of other things. The problem with that is you need to do some other stuff to keep it up to date (I update my version free filepath variable on every state change) - so possibly easier to do as Priel suggests and only keep the file extension.
Also talk to various users about search approaches.
Thanks for the replies. I discovered after the fact that Categories are useless for EPDM Searches as you say. And, Prasad's filter on "Name" was exactly what I was looking for.
I also discovered that if you perform the EPDM Search within an Inventor Open window (i.e. Place Component), it actually automatically filters for the file type selected for the File Open dialog. I suspect this holds true for Solidworks, and any other File Open dialogs in applications.
If you take a look at the attached image, you can see how I inserted an EPDM search card into Inventor's File Open Dialog. Works extremely well!