Ability to search for a CMS item in a single-reference field

In the editor when using a single reference field that has potentially hundreds of available options listed in a dropdown menu, scrolling through to find the one that you want is a really bad experience. Being able to type to narrow down the options shown in the dropdown would be wonderful.

  • Darren Squashic
  • Jun 29 2017
  • Reviewed
  • Ronald Van Der Weijden commented
    11 Sep, 2023 03:39pm

    It's 2023.. We're 6 years further.. *bump*

  • Jim OConnell commented
    12 Jul, 2023 05:16pm

    Yes - It would be great to be able to filter CMS items in the backend in more that just the name field.

  • Hideyuki Shibata commented
    6 Nov, 2021 07:33am

    One workaround I found: Tap the dropdown > ⌘F > Search for the item you're looking for.

  • Jason Litchney commented
    3 Aug, 2021 09:48pm

    Please Please Please

  • Vincent Bidaux commented
    12 Apr, 2021 09:37am

    Trying to bump this 4 years old idea up.

    It's super easy to find anything in the multi ref field, but its cumbersome in Options and Reference fields.

  • José Ernesto Rodríguez commented
    6 Oct, 2019 09:58am


  • Adam Murray commented
    8 Apr, 2019 11:11pm

    Another vote for this, especially now we have eCommerce, linking a related product when you have 300 to choose from or similar with blog entries is now becoming painful. I would use a mutli-reference field but the CMS linking in the designer stops my ability to access related information if I use a multi-reference. Happy to share a link via DM if anyone is interested in seeing this issue.

  • Matthew P Munger commented
    15 May, 2018 11:19pm

    Exactly! I have hundreds of items to scroll through. In my mind this should function just like a multi-ref in the CMS except that you're limited to adding a single item. No reason for two different UIs.

    My theory is that the single-ref evolved from the drop down element. Then when multi-ref came along it required a different UI but single-ref was never updated to match.

  • Hamish Maclean commented
    14 Feb, 2018 07:00am

    This is quite nasty as it is. There is major likelihood of duplicate references being created.

    The same issues exists for adding google fonts.

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