I created a custom field type of FILE and it does have Searchable=YES but it does not come up as an option to search in Advanced Search.

I am trying to list contacts that have a file attached to this file type field (versus contacts that have not had a file attached).

Note that the other custom fields in the field set appear in the Advanced search, but not the File one.

Is this possible to search like this?


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You can use SearchKit to search for entities where your field Is Empty or Not Empty.

For Advanced Search, I don't think you should be able to set searchable on a File custom field. Isn't the searchable option hidden when you choose Data Type = File?

  • It does have the SEARCHABLE column with Yes/No option under Custom Data Fields for the Data Type=file with Field Type=file.
    – jsherk
    Jun 6, 2023 at 23:29
  • See what you, looks like a bug, you shouldn't be able to change that. But this will be replaced with a new display in the not too distant future, so probably not worth fixing.
    – Lars SG
    Jun 7, 2023 at 0:11

To get around this issue, I was able to use Contact Reports then Constituent Summary and then I could choose the customn fields, including the FILE field, as an option in the report, and then I sorted on that File field to pull up all the contacts with a file attached.

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