The search block is part of Airtable Blocks, a Pro plan feature. Blocks let you extend the functionality of your bases: you can use blocks to bring new information into Airtable, visualize and summarize your records in colorful ways, and even directly integrate your Airtable bases with your favorite apps.
With the search block, you can enter a search term and receive a filtered set of relevant records, for either a table within a base or an entire base.
Watch this video to learn more about how to set up and use a search block, or read on for further information.
After you've added a search block to your base, you can adjust the search block settings by clicking on the block settings icon (the gear).
From the search settings dialog, you can pick a table to search through from the Table dropdown menu.
For Search mode, you can pick All fields, which means that the search block will look through all the fields in the entire table, or Specific fields, which means that the search block will only look through certain fields.
Picking Specific fields will bring up another dropdown menu called Fields, which you can use to pick the fields you wish to search through. You can remove a field from your search settings by clicking the X button next to the selected field.
You can choose to search in a language other than English using the Language dropdown menu.
There's also a toggle for Search whole base which you can use to search through your entire base—though please be aware that using whole base search on a large base may cause performance problems.
Once you're done adjusting your search settings, click the done button and enter your search term(s) into the search bar.
If you're using whole base search, your results will be grouped together under headers for the different tables. You can collapse any of the table headers and the records included therein by clicking on the arrow next to the table name.