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While troubleshooting an issue, you might perform multiple searches and you might work on multiple issues at the same time. The Workspaces panel on the Search tab helps you track these various searches and see a history of the searches that you performed. In the course of troubleshooting an issue, the Workspaces panel enables you to group relevant searches so that you can continue searching later, organize your tasks, share the set of actions (searches) you performed with others, and work on troubleshooting multiple issues and switch context without losing your work.

The following table provides a summary of the various tasks you can perform by using the Workspaces panel.

Capabilities available for Workspaces

GoalAvailable capability
  • Use a virtual workspace that automatically records the search queries that you have run for troubleshooting an issue.
  • Distinguish search queries that you want to revisit later.
  • Record comments, instructions, or pending tasks as notes.
  • Run search queries from the workspace for a particular time context.
  • Save search queries for future reuse or for monitoring the results of a particular search query for a certain period of time.
  • Delete search queries that are irrelevant to the task at hand.
  • Run search queries (from the workspace) with the same absolute time context, as that was used when adding the search query to the workspace.
  • Run search queries (from the workspace) with the same relative time context, as that which was used when adding the search query to the workspace.
  • Mark search queries with a star, add notes to search queries or the entire workspace, delete irrelevant search queries, and save particular search queries.

For more information, see Using the workspace.

  • Switch context and work on multiple issues at the same time.
  • Organize your thoughts and continue the task later.
  • Trace the path that you used for troubleshooting an issue when you revisit the issue.
  • Create separate workspaces for each troubleshooting issue.
  • Rename a workspace, switch between workspaces, or delete a workspace.

For more information, see Creating and switching between workspaces.

  • Create a snapshot of the progress on a task and share it with others.
  • Share the actions that you performed in the course of troubleshooting with others, to transfer the task to them.
  • Collaborate with others and share the knowledge that you gathered in the course of troubleshooting, or seek expert advice.

Save a copy of the workspace in which you are operating, and share the workspace with other users.

For more information, see Saving and sharing workspaces.

Filter the most important search queries.
  • Filter search queries that are marked with a star (starred), or not marked with a star (unstarred), have notes added to them, and so on.
  • Sort search queries based on the number of times they were viewed, modified, or created.
  • Sort search queries in ascending or descending order.

For more information, see Sorting and filtering search queries.

Related topic

Using the command line to list workspaces