Assigning database categories for the Domain Search form

On the Design tab of the Database Properties box, you can assign one or more categories to each database to be included in the Domain Index. These categories appear on the search form to provide a user with a way to narrow a search. Categories are also displayed in views of the database catalog and Domain Catalog.

About this task

You must have Manager access to a database to create the categories.

Note: Searching within categories is supported only for IBM® Domino® databases. Whenever a user specifies a category on the search form, search results will not include any documents from file systems.

Use the Categories view in the Domain Catalog to see whether database managers have assigned databases to appropriate categories. To edit or add categories, use Database Properties for each database.

To view the search categories


  1. Open the Domain Catalog.
  2. In the view pane, click Databases and then click By Categories to view a list of categories.
  3. To see information on the databases that have been included in each category, select View > Expand All.

To add or change search categories

About this task

Make sure you have Manager access in the ACL for each database to which you want to assign a category. To display the ACL for a database, from the Files tab, right-click a database and choose Access Control > Manage.


  1. From the Domino® Administrator, select the server that contains the databases to which you want to assign categories.
  2. Click the Files tab.
  3. Select the database that you want to categorize.
  4. Choose File > Application > Properties.
  5. Click the Design tab.
  6. Make sure List in Database Catalog is selected.
  7. In the Categories box, enter one or more categories for the database. Separate category names with a comma.