Thursday, April 28, 2016

Variant Finder results may be saved, shared, and bookmarked

You may have noticed that our Variant Finder tool has a cleaner look and clearer instructions. But did you know that you can also save your search parameters, to re-create your search later or share it with a colleague?

First, construct your search. Here’s an example:

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After you click “Submit search request” you’ll be taken to the results page:

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And here’s the URL of the results page for this example search:


It isn’t pretty, but it encodes the search. You can bookmark it, save it, or email it and you’ll get back the same result next time you enter it in a browser.

There’s one small caveat here. On the results page, you can modify the results table by clicking on the + signs in the table header to see options for adding more data to the table. But if you do this, those changes will not be encoded in the URL (we plan to enable this in the future); only the original search is encoded.

Let us know how you like this feature and what other features might be useful to you. And check out our mini-tutorial on the Variant Finder to see full instructions on how to use this tool. 

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