Flagging Items to View Later

You can flag items in search results to add them to your recently viewed items list. This feature makes it quick and easy to find items again without having to do another search.

This flagging feature works ony when you are searching the site you are on. It does not work when you are searching all sites. The recently viewed items list can contain up to 16 items.

The example below shows search results in Grid View for five items. Suppose you want to learn more about item 13178 by clicking the title of the first item as shown below. However, before clicking the title, you could click the flag icons on items 13325 and 14997 to mark them for viewing later. A blue flag indicates that an item is in the recently viewed items list (even if you have not actually viewed its item page). You can unflag an item by clicking it again which resets the flag to gray and removes the item from the recently viewed items list.

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Recently viewed items page

Continuing with the example above, after viewing item 13178, you could click the Recent Items link, located under the search box, to go to the Recently Viewed Items page. That page shows the item you just viewed, plus the two items that you flagged earlier.

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On the Recently Viewed Items page, you can:

  • Click a title to go to that item's page
  • Click a thumbnail to view the item's image in the popup lightbox
  • Click the Remove link to remove an item from the list
  • Click the Clear all link to remove all items from the list
  • Click the Show as search results link to view all of the items as search results

Show recent items as search results

You can use the flagging feature as way to create a set of results that you want to share with someone else. A common sequence for using the feature is to:

  • Clear all the recently viewed items
  • View and/or flag items that you want to share
  • Click the Remove link on any items that you don't want to keep in the list
  • View the list as search results
  • Send the search results to a friend or colleague

When you click the Show as search results link in the example above, the three items appear as search results as shown below. You can share results with someone else by sending them the URL for the search results page. Learn about sharing search results.

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The list of recently viewed items is stored in browser cookies. If you clear your browser's cookies, or switch to a different browser, or don't look at the Recently Viewed Items page for several days, the list will be empty.

The recently viewed items list only tracks items that you have viewed or flagged when searching This site. It does not track items when you are viewing All sites.

The maximum number of items in the list is 16.