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Customizing text in idmadmin?

This seems like something that should be simple to do, but I'm stumped. I want to replace some text displayed by /idmadmin, with some other text. Text strings customization isn't a new idea with the Identity Apps, but this one is hiding from me.

The path is /idmadmin/#/groups

If you enable group editing, and want to add a user to the group, clicking on the [+] brings up a search box with some light grey "help" text in it that says:

Search in users by First Name, Last Name

I want to change it to something else, like "Search for people by Last Name". That's it, just a simple string change. I have been searching through every file under /opt/netiq and haven't found this text.

I can see the block of HTML here:

<div _ngcontent-c16="" class="input-group expanded">
 <label _ngcontent-c16="" class="sr-only" for="input-search">Search in users by First Name, Last Name</label>
 <input _ngcontent-c16=""
        class="form-control input-sm ng-pristine ng-valid ng-touched" 
        placeholder="Search in users by First Name, Last Name">
 <span _ngcontent-c16="" class="input-group-btn spacer-none">
  <button _ngcontent-c16="" aria-label="dropdown" class="btn btn-default" role="button" type="button">
   <i _ngcontent-c16="" class="icon icon-arrow-angle-down spacer-out-none" hidden=""></i>
   <i _ngcontent-c16="" class="icon icon-cross spacer-out-none"></i>

and from fooling around with it in Firefox, I know that I need to replace the placeholder="" text to get it to show up changed. I thought I'd attack it with CSS, but you're not allowed to change attribute text that way.

This really seems like it should be a simple thing. Where have they hidden this text for changing?


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Regular Contributor.
Regular Contributor.

Hi dgersic,

You can change most of the idmadmin string(s) by modifying this file


The string you want to change is not the complete string, only beginning of it..

Search - "Search in users": "Search in users",
Replace - "Search in users": "Search for people",

Note, this string might also be used somewhere else and "by" is a separate string in there
"by": "by",

Also you need to modify the settings if you want to seach by some other attributes than "First Name, Last Name" from Settings/Customization/User Search Lookup Attribute.
But, that is a global setting "This setting will be used for all places where Dn lookup widget used."

The strings for the selected attributes are coming from DAL entity.


Knowledge Partner
Knowledge Partner

Thanks. That wasn't what I was expecting. I was looking for a single string to edit, not a combination of multiple strings, and some other unconfigurable behavior.

What I'm hitting is that the prompt text there says: "Search in Users by First Name, Last Name" which would seem to imply that "Jack Sparrow" should find a user. It does not. Search by "Jack" and it does. Search by "Sparrow" and it does.

I can see how this text ends up being what it is. The DN lookup is set for attributes "First Name" and "Last Name", so they're listing the configured attributes in a CSV list. I was hoping to change it to the more end user friendly "Search in users by First Name OR Last Name". It's the comma that I'm really trying to eliminate there.

I guess removing First Name from the DN lookup might kinda work. That should make it prompt only for Last Name, which isn't really what I wanted, but might confuse the end users less.

Regular Contributor.
Regular Contributor.

I know those combinations of multiple strings are killers especially when translating the UI to other languages like Finnish.
One option could be adding "Full Name" to User entity in DAL, then use it in "Settings/Customization/User Search Lookup Attribute"
After that the placeholder text is "Search in Users by Full Name", and if I type "Jack Sparrow" it will list only those, and parts of the string like "ack" or "arrow" will also work (if you have full name as Firstname Lastname). I'm not sure if fullname is indexed by default so check that also, if needed.


Micro Focus Frequent Contributor
Micro Focus Frequent Contributor

fullName is not by default, no 🙂


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